Watford forward Troy Deeney has emerged as a summer transfer target for Premier League side Aston Villa, according to Sky Sports.
Deeney scored 20 goals last season and was a key player as the Hornets reached the Championship play-off final and he has already outperformed that total during the current campaign, netting 22 goals with five games remaining.
The 25-year-old, who is know for his strength on the ball as well as his hold-up play, has also turned provider five times this season after notching 10 last term.
Villa boss Paul Lambert and his scouting team are reportedly going to watch Deeney during the Easter Bank Holiday weekend (Watford host Ipswich Town at Vicarage Road on Saturday before playing QPR at Loftus Road on Easter Monday) as they continue to monitor his progress.
Newcastle United are also said to be weighing up a potential move for Deeney this summer and while the forward has made no secret of his desire to play in the Premier League, the Hornets will hope to hang on to him for the 2014-15 campaign.
The recruitment model of the Hornets’ owners, the Pozzo family, is to develop players and then sell at a perceived optimum price and the owners will have a decision to make as to whether they want to try to retain his services for their promotion push next season or sell if a good enough offer is received.
It is believed that a figure of around £8 million would tempt them into a sale.