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Watford Transfer Roundup: Scottish Swoop and Controversial Attacking Reinforcement

Watford are wasting no time getting a head start in the summer transfer window upon their Premier League return. The top-flight season has not even concluded, but the Hornets already have a handful of deals in the works.

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Impressive Double Swoop in Scotland Lined Up

As previously reported by Last Word on Sports, Watford had a bid for 21-year-old Aberdeen midfielder Lewis Ferguson rejected. He subsequently handed in a transfer request, so the Watford-Ferguson transfer talks may not be over.

The more recent news coming out of Scotland is that Watford are in talks to sign talented left-back Josh Doig. As reported by Derek McGregor of the Scottish Sun and multiple other sources, a fee of £4million would be required to secure his signature.

The left-back has been linked with a move to Leicester City, Arsenal, and Celtic. Watford, however, are in the driver’s seat for his signature. Doig is frequently compared to Kieran Tierney, and considering Doig just won the Scottish Young Player of the Season Award, it is not hard to see why. Adam Leventhal of the Athletic suggests further talks will be held after Aberdeen’s Scottish Cup final clash against Saint Johnstone.

Watford Set to Complete Controversial Ashley Fletcher Signing

According to Football Insider and Adam Leventhal of the Athletic, the Hornets have signed Middlesbrough striker Ashley Fletcher on a free transfer upon the conclusion of his Middlesbrough contract. The official announcement will likely take place in the coming days.

The transfer for the former England U20 international player is controversial amongst many Watford fans, especially considering previous links to the likes of Ike Ugbo, Santos Borre, and Yakou Meite. The 25-year-old’s career has been stop-start, between patches of bad form and more often, injuries.

However, the once highly-rated Manchester United youngster has found form over the past couple of seasons. In the 2019/20 campaign, he scored 13 goals and tallied 7 assists in all competitions. Despite spending most of the recent season out with injury, Fletcher scored four goals and one assist in 15 appearances. Across the past two seasons, he averages one goal contribution every 167 minutes, which is a decent return. And besides, for free, Watford do not lose much if the transfer flops. Further, it is not as if Watford are bringing him in with the intention of starting him ahead of Joao Pedro and Cucho Hernandez.

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