Ever since Etienne Capoue left Watford at the beginning of the transfer window, it has been suspected that the Watford hierarchy want to bring in a replacement. With the January transfer window only a couple of days away from shutting, the Hornets are running short on time. Watford have been in talks for potential transfers, though are ultimately missing out on their targets.
Watford Likely to Miss Out on Capoue Replacement
Henri Lansbury Seals Bristol City Move
Henri Lansbury spent the 2009/10 campaign with Watford, a season in which he scored five times and created four goals. The now 30-year-old only featured for Aston Villa in Carabao Cup matches this season. Since joining in 2017 from Nottingham Forest, his role in Dean Smith’s side gradually decreased.
The Hornets were linked with signing Lansbury before the end of the transfer window. However, Championship rivals Bristol City have swooped in for his signature.
Watford Talks for James Lea Siliki Hit Stumbling Block
Last week, Watford reportedly opened talks with Rennes and James Lea Siliki’s representatives. The player desires a move to Watford, despite links to Italy and Spain. Lea Siliki feels as if England, the Championship, in particular, is the best place to elevate his play.
The French 24-year-old, who was Ismaila Sarr’s teammate at Rennes a couple of seasons ago, is now finding his transfer temporarily blocked. According to the Watford Observer and reports from France, Rennes are reluctant to do more business with the Hornets following an unpaid instalment of around 8 million pounds from the Sarr deal in 2019.
Rennes feels as if they should have the funds by now. They do not want to risk being kept waiting by Watford yet again.
This transfer is not totally off the cards just yet. The deal, if it is to occur, will be a loan with either an option or obligation to buy at the season. But, considering the Hornets’ interest is shifting elsewhere and to no avail, the arrival of a Capoue replacement in this transfer window is increasingly unlikely.
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