Marco Silva has made quite the impression in the transfer market since arriving from Hull City following the end of last season, making no less than ten additions to their squad in three months.
Young England duo Nathaniel Chalobah and Will Hughes have come in, as have exciting South American’s Richarlison and Andre Carrillo, before the Hornets broke their club record on Burnley forward Andre Gray.
However, one thing that can be guaranteed is that the Portuguese boss won’t be sitting around watching the drama unfold on Thursday, and he will no doubt work until the deadline to make further additions.
The Boot Room takes a look at three potential options for Watford to sign as deadline day looms.
Perhaps the deal most likely to happen before Thursday evening’s deadline is that of Islam Slimani from Premier League rivals Leicester City, with Silva openly admitting he’s a long-term admirer of the forward.
The duo are already familiar after their season spent together at Sporting Lisbon and, talking to the Leicester Mercury last week, he admitted that he’s ‘one player I like’ and one he also knows ‘very well’.
The Telegraph claimed earlier this week that Watford have already commenced the process of enquiring about the Algerian international, who has endured a mixed time since arriving in England.
Despite already adding the attacking prowess of Richarlison and Gray to their ranks this summer there’s no reason why Slimani wouldn’t be a useful addition too, able to settle in to the side quickly due to his existing rapport with Silva and finally have the chance to prove himself in the top-flight.
The only issue would come with Leicester asking for too much, with it unlikely that Watford will break their record fee twice in one summer, but it’s certainly a story worth keeping a close eye on.
Alternatively, Silva could utilise his contacts from his spell at Hull City last season and try and persuade Liverpool outcast Lazar Markovic to Vicarage Road as he looks for strength in depth.
The 23-year-old winger enjoyed a decent loan spell at the KCOM last year, being allowed an attacking sense of freedom and a good run of games under Silva and, according to reports in the Telegraph over the past week, the Portuguese boss is currently engaging in talks about a potential loan move again.
Despite many people having their reservations about Markovic since his breakthrough season at Anfield, the Watford boss has a soft spot for him and can clearly see the benefit of signing him up.
One thing is for sure that he would provide adequate cover for Richarlison and, if given a full campaign in the Premier League as opposed to five months, he could become a very useful asset and prove himself.
After already improving the right-side of his defence following the arrival of Kiko Femenia from Spanish side Alaves, it’s been well-documented that Silva is actively seeking a left-back to complete the jigsaw.
It seemed nailed on at one point that a deal for out-of-favour Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs was nearing completion but, as reported by Sky Sports, the two sides couldn’t agree on personal terms.
After missing out on Gibbs it’s likely that Silva will be prioritising his left-back search over the upcoming 24 hours and he could do a lot worse than look at up-and-coming Argentinian man Nicolas Tagliafico.
The 24-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Newcastle – as reported by the Chronicle over the past few days – but should Watford show interest they are likely to have a real chance of stealing him.
Tagliafico is the sort of attacking left-back that Silva would love to have at Vicarage Road, and despite only playing in the Argentine domestic league he’s already merited a full international call-up.