He is the last man you might have expected to be linked with a move to China, but Troy Deeney has nonetheless emerged as a transfer target for Hebei China Fortune, according to the Mirror.

Watford's uncompromising skipper is reportedly unhappy at Vicarage Road, leading the Qinhuangdao-based club to be preparing a £25m move for the striker, if he confirms his desire to leave the Hornets.

The club famously rejected a £20m bid from Premier League champions Leicester City for their skipper over the summer, but they held their resolve to keep Deeney, signing him up on a new contract in the process.

However, with just four goals to his name this campaign, the club may think twice about such a large offer, especially with Deeney rumoured to be seeking a move away from club that he has been at since 2010.

The Premier League has been just one of the areas that the cash-rich Chinese clubs have targeted to sign stars over the past couple of years, with the likes of Graziano Pelle, Oscar and Paulinho, sold by Southampton, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur respectively to various clubs from the Chinese Super League.

Deeney would make a surprising addition to that list of players, but the way in which China is impacting football at the moment, nothing can be taken for granted anymore.