Watford In For Boufal and Janmaat – A Sign of Intent from The Hornets?
Posted by Ryan Smith | Published on July 21, 2016
Within the last week, Watford have been linked with a club record fee of around £16.8m (€20m) for Lille attacking midfielder Sufiane Boufal. Boufal’s agent has confirmed that there is interest from a number of clubs around the world at the moment including: Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, PSG, Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal. Watford representatives met with Boufal’s agent in London on Monday evening and according to reports, the 22 year old and his agent have agreed personal terms with The Hornets tonight.
Throughout last season, Watford lacked a natural ‘number 10’. Of course, Jurado was in the squad and played regular football under Spaniard Quique Sanchez Flores’ management but was wasted being played out of position on the wing. This often meant that strikers Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo had very little service due to a lack of creativity through the centre of the field. 12 goals and 4 assists in 37 appearances for Boufal last season doesn’t sound great, but the fact he is only 22 years of age and has some of the biggest clubs in Europe chasing his signature, surely this would be a massive coup for Watford?
Watford have also been linked with a £10m move for Newcastle full back Daryl Janmaat. The Dutch international will no doubt be wanting a move back into the top flight of English football after suffering relegation with Newcastle United last season. Watford have enquired about the Dutchman’s services according to reports. Janmaat played 32 league games for The Magpies last season, scoring 2 goals and grabbing himself 4 assists. The Dutchman was also linked with a move to Manchester United under Louis van Gaal’s management last season.
Watford’s full back area is probably one of the weakest. Allan Nyom proved to be a solid first choice throughout last season despite the odd off game here and there. Second choice at The Hornets lies with Juan Carlos Paredes. Although showing glimpses of promise throughout his 2 years spent at Watford he’s never really established himself both as a player and as a fan favourite and has often been on the receiving end of negative criticism. If a bid does eventuate from this rumour, then you wouldn’t be alone in thinking Paredes’ days at Watford is very limited given this would push him down to third or even fourth choice right back with Watford announcing the signing of Ivorian full-back Brice Dja Djédjé earlier today.