The Baggies boss has been unable to reverse the dismal Premier League form which has seen them slip to second-bottom of the Premier League. A 3 – 2 win at Anfield represents progress, both in terms of reaching the FA Cup fifth round but also goals scored.
For Pardew it isn’t enough; he needs to find a consistent scorer and believes that Troy Deeney, 29, is that man. The Watford captain made no secret of his desire to find a fresh challenge.
Born in Birmingham, a return to the West Midlands will appeal to the player who reportedly watched a Midlands League Division One match after being left out of the Hornets squad which surrendered meekly at St Mary’s during the 1 – 0 FA Cup fourth round defeat to Southampton.
Watford hoped to raise £30m by selling Deeney but as West Brom are finding out themselves with Jonny Evans, 30, ageing players and contracts with less than two seasons remaining, diminish transfer values.
Deeney’s situation is being monitored by fellow strugglers Newcastle United, who find themselves in the same boat as the Baggies in front of goal. Rafa Benitez is desperate to find a goalscorer with both Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic set to leave St James Park.