Watford are searching for a new left-back to come into their squad and they could move for Liverpool’s Alberto Moreno.
International Business Times understand that they have made an enquiry about the 25-year-old Spaniard and see him as a good option to provide competition for the ageing Jose Holebas. Kieran Gibbs had been touted as a possible target, but he isn’t the only player under consideration by the Hornets.
Earlier in the week, the Spaniard admitted to Cadena Ser (translation taken from IBTimes UK) that he would be open to leaving the Reds this summer, but his main priority is to fight for his place:
“Many things have being said [about my future] but right now I am fighting for my position in the left-back. It’s true that last season I did not play as much as I wanted but football is like that. One day you are up, another day you are down. This year we start from scratch again. I have to work from the first minute and let’s see what happens during the transfer window,”
Liverpool have signed Andy Robertson during this window and they already have James Milner at the club. Jurgen Klopp didn’t trust Moreno last season and his first-team opportunities are likely to be restricted again during the coming campaign. Although they see potential in the Spaniard, it could be the right time to move him on, whether that be on a permanent or loan deal.
Would he be a good signing for Watford?
The Hornets have a new manager, but they could still play a formation with wing-backs, as they did under Walter Mazzarri. There were times when it was very successful, but it demanded a lot from the wide players. Although Jose Holebas was impressive, he is progressing in age and he cannot be expected to play at a high-intensity every week.
Moreno is an attacking player and he would thrive in a system with wing-backs. Liverpool asked him to play in a more restricted role and his attacking tendencies meant that he made positional errors at times. These would be less noticeable at Watford and the step down from a top-six club could benefit his development.
For the Hornets, it would be seen as a coup and they would be gaining a player with a lot of talent. If they could hone his style and get him playing with confidence, it would be one of the signings of the summer.
How likely is a deal?
The reliability of the source is questionable when it comes to transfers, but if Watford are keen to sign a left-back, Moreno is likely to be on their radar. He has experience in the Premier League and will be available for transfer, as he doesn’t have a huge role in the current Liverpool squad.