Watford captain Troy Deeney has voiced his support for a return move for Ashley Young as the Hornets prepare for the Premier League next season.

The skipper said that, ahead of the return to the top flight, the team would need some strengthening, but stressed that finding the right characters and personalities was more important than spending money on big names.

Watford are known to have opened talks with Young over a possible return to Watford and the defender himself has previously said he would "walk from Italy" where he has just won Serie A with Inter Milan, if it meant he could finish his career at Vicarage Road.

His current deal with the Italian side expires this summer, meaning he could be available for a free transfer if he is not offered a new contract.

The Watford club captain feels it would be a move that could be in everyone's interests.

"We need a mixture and you would obviously like to get some Premier League experience in there," said Deeney.  "I'm pretty much like everybody else, I'm completely out of the loop, but you see these things like Youngy being mentioned, that'd be great. He has experience, plus he knows what the club's about.

"I think the key thing is, you can turn into mercenaries if you're thinking you need a certain player or name that might not necessarily fit in with the group.

"And I think the way the back end of the season has developed, it's been a real group effort. From players like myself, not playing, cheerleading on the side, to lads coming in and out, to lads who started.

"It's been a real team effort and I think that's going to be huge next season and we can't afford egos and we can't afford to cater to the egos, because as you know, the Premier League will tear you up."