Watford to Turn to Familiar Face as Hornets Target Ivorian Defender

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Watford are bolstering their defense in this transfer window as they are the only club left in the English Football League yet to keep a clean sheet.

If they are to avoid the drop, especially with Newcastle United’s significant investment, they must sure up the backline to stand a chance.

The Hornets have already signed centre-back Samir, left-back Hassane Kamara, and defensive-midfielder Edo Kayembe.

Now, Watford are interested in signing Emmanuel Agbadou, who plays for KAS Eupen, the team the latter recently arrived from.

Emmanuel Agbadou Wanted at Vicarage Road

Talks Reportedly Underway

According to Foot Mercato, negotiations have been underway for the past few days in regards to a Watford move for Agbadou.

Unlike the Kayembe transfer, the contacts with KAS Eupen about a move are thought to be in less-advanced stages, with the likelihood of the transfer still unknown.

The Kayembe transfer was nearly a done deal by the time it was revealed to the media.

After paying £4 million for Kayembe, the relationship between Watford and KAS Eupen is thought to be strong.

Even though this potential transfer would see KAS Eupen lose their best centre-back, if the price is right, it will be impossible to prevent a move.

Emmanuel Agbadou: Dominant Defender With Attacking Acumen

It is no secret that the Hornets want to – and need to – improve their backline. Agbadou would provide both a depth option and starting competition.

He is solid when it comes to passing out from the defence, an area where Watford have struggled this season. He is also a reliable shot and pass blocker.

Last season, the 24-year-old featured in 26 matches in all competitions. In this campaign, he has already found the pitch 24 times, finding the back of the net five times.

Watford have struggled to score from set-pieces, a problem which Agbadou could help remedy, providing a multidimensional signing. His strong performances earned him his first Ivory Coast international call-up in October.

Whether this transfer will occur before the end of the month remains to be seen. But, if the price is right, there is no reason to suspect either side will back away.

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