Some West Ham United fans appear to love the idea of signing Watford captain Troy Deeney before Friday’s deadline.
West Ham boss David Moyes has one of the smallest squads in the Premier League after allowing nine players to leave since the end of June,
The Hammers have signed just one new face, Vladimir Coufal.
But West Ham have been linked with a host of transfers from the Championship over the weekend.
Deals for the likes of Said Benrahma and Craig Dawson are reportedly close.
West Ham enquire about Deeney – report
The Hammers have also seen a bid rejected for Bournemouth striker Josh King (Sky Sports).
There has also been fresh speculation linking Moyes with a move for Hornets striker Deeney (Daily Star).
The burly 32-year-old forward has 170 goals in 545 career games.
For some Deeney may not the kind of stellar name West Ham fans expected to sign after leaving their beloved Upton Park for the London Stadium. Particularly in the latter stages of his career.
Indeed West Ham fans and Deeney have a strained relationship.
Deeney criticised West Ham and claimed they tried to ‘mug us off’ by showboating when the Hammers were beating the Hornets 2-0 back in 2016.
The outspoken striker did not hold back in his post match interview after Watford turned the game around to win 4-2 (BBC Sport).
Striker savaged West Ham for trying to ‘mug’ Watford off and criticised Haller
Deeney has also celebrated goals in front of the West Ham fans since after receiving abuse from the terraces.
The forward also recently mocked £45million Hammers forward Sebastien Haller over his goal record since signing last summer (The Sun).
There are also concerns about fitness after Deeney’s struggles with a knee injury last season.
But despite all that, many West Ham fans believe Deeney would prove a very astute signing as back-up to Michail Antonio.
West Ham fans believe having another leader in the dressing room like Deeney would be hugely positive.
And they feel Deeney’s hustling, bustling style is more suited to the way Moyes likes his teams to operate than with their current Antonio alternative, Haller.
There are also plenty of fans who don’t want to see Deeney at West Ham. Some supporters simply do not like and do not rate the forward.
Others described it is a typical David Sullivan signing.
Some West Ham fans love the idea of signing Deeney
Here are a selection of comments from Twitter about West Ham potentially signing Deeney.
I’ll get pelters for this. First choice? Absolutely not. Would I take him as back up? Absolutely. Not scared to mix it about and we need a bastard like that. https://t.co/5iC6z2aNEA
— Matty Denners (@Denner7s) October 11, 2020
Troy Deeney, despite the dislike between him and West Ham fans, would be a decent back up striker option for when either Antonio or Haller aren’t available selection and a good option on the bench. He would bring the physical edge and bite West Ham lack all the time.
— Josh Verrills (@WestHamJoshV) October 11, 2020
there is no denying Troy Deeney plays with passion against West Ham, seeing him put that passion to great use would be brilliant. What’s the transfer fee?
— Random Poole (@cpoole2015) October 11, 2020
I’d take him, he could show Haller how to boss defenders ⚒
— Mark Fletcher (@fletchGSBOUT) October 11, 2020
Troy Deeney would bring more to West Ham than just on the pitch – a leader off the pitch and would lead by example. On the pitch, would add bite and aggression that West Ham lack more often than not. Deeney would be decent squad option and bc, up option from the bench, if needed
— Josh Verrills (@WestHamJoshV) October 11, 2020
Sign him up b4 another prem team do and he starts banging in goals against us + he a noble are mates
— Tom (@TommyTuckerTodd) October 11, 2020
I think this would be a good signing! Will get an extra 5/10% out of played at the end of a game horrible bastard who wants to win
— Westhamonline (@westhamfanzine) October 11, 2020
Would love it if it was true but Don’t believe it
— Djtiale (@DJTiale) October 11, 2020
‘I’d back this’
I’d back this. A bit of bastardry never went amiss. Was impressed with how he dragged Watford back from 2-0 down against us when Payet was doing rabona crosses.
— ⚒ Mansfield Hammer ⚒ (@MansfieldHammer) October 11, 2020
— Jack Walker (@JackWal60358385) October 7, 2020
@T_Deeney fancy coming to @WestHam for a few years? Been waiting years to see you in Claret & Blue. Tons of our fans back your game when your not in the opposition against us. Player you hate to play against but love when he’s on your side #TMD #WHUFC #COYI
— Djtiale (@DJTiale) October 7, 2020
I know I’d get stick for this but Troy Deeney would be my top choice here due to our formation imo
— Djtiale (@DJTiale) October 6, 2020
Rodon, Benrahma. Then look to get manning on the cheap. I’d also look at getting Capoue on loan. Or even Deeney. (I hate Deeney but he is a goal scorer)
— 🏴⚒Ben ⚒🏴 (@Ben_page01) October 6, 2020