Watford chairman and CEO Scott Duxbury insists transfer targets Ismaila Sarr and Troy Deeney are up for the fight this season.
The forward pair were heavily linked with moves away in the summer after Watford’s relegation.
Deeney, 32, looked to be angling for a move only last month.
“I definitely still see myself as a Premier League striker,” Deeney told the Sun.
“They haven’t given me a definitive ‘you can go’ but I’ve seen plenty in the papers saying they wouldn’t mind me going. Even if it’s for a year on loan.
“I’m a Watford player until I’m told otherwise. I’m not one who’s going to be putting in transfer requests, or bashing the door down.”
West Brom were believed to be interested in Deeney, according to Birmingham Live, but a move never materialised.
The Hornets were thought to be ready to offload Deeney and the Daily Mail claimed that he was of interest to Jose Mourinho.
Sarr meanwhile, was attracting the interest of some big clubs with Liverpool and Manchester United believed to be keen.
Sarr’s United talks
The Evening Standard claimed Liverpool were chasing the player, but it was Crystal Palace who failed with a £25m deadline-day bid.
Neither player moved after the domestic deadline last Friday and Duxbury says both players want to get the Hornets promoted.
“From the start I said this window was always about keeping what we had,” Duxbury told supporters at a virtual Q&A last night, as cited by the Evening Standard.
“Importantly there were certain financial issues we had to address with the transfer market, but it was also keeping players that wanted to be here, that wanted to be part of the fight.
“It is really encouraging that players like Troy, like Sarr, want to be here, they want to get the club promoted.
“Keeping players like that was always far more important than what players we could actually bring in.”