Lukas Jutkiewicz has his say on Blues’ pursuit of Troy Deeney

Lukas Jutkiewicz has welcomed the prospect of being joined at Birmingham City by Troy Deeney.

The Watford captain – and boyhood Blues fan – is of interest to his hometown club as they look to strengthen their squad before Tuesday’s transfer window closes.

Speaking immediately after he opened his account for the season in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Barnsley, Jutkiewicz praised Deeney and the fact he has had to overcome hurdles in his career.

Jutkiewicz insisted he had no knowledge if his fellow striker is indeed Blues-bound – but has no doubts about what he would bring if he does come to St Andrew’s.

“He is an excellent player,” Jutkiewicz said. “(He) has had a tremendous career, scored goals at the top level – an excellent player – and a player with a resilient character, which I think is important in this league.

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“Someone who has had setbacks in his career and has gone on to reach the highest levels.

“I don’t have a clue whether that’s something real or not but yeah, if we could strengthen the squad in any way that would be brilliant.

“I am sure he is someone who would do that. Of course I like to play alongside good players and he’s one of them.

“I know him well, we have known each other for a long, long time. Since he was at Walsall I have known him. We are represented by the same person, I know him well, I think he would be a really good addition to the club and certainly to the squad.”

Jutkiewicz has been at Blues for the last five years – and has scored 56 goals since joining, first on loan and then permanently, from Burnley.

He is currently integral to Lee Bowyer’s team although Blues are looking to bolster their options up front.

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