Watford face a stern test next season to battle to a top-half finish in the Premier League and Javi Gracia’s side are eying further transfer deals.
The Hornets earned a major sum in the market following the sale of Richarlison to Everton and have invested those funds to bring Gerard Deulofeu, Adam Masina, Ken Sema, Marc Navarro, Ben Wilmot and Ben Foster to Vicarage Road.
However, there is still money to spend and a number of signings could be made before Thursday evening’s transfer deadline and there is also the chance of departures. Here, we have identified four deals that could be completed.
Daryl Janmaat to Feyenoord
Dutch defender Daryl Janmaat could be on his way out of Watford to return to familiar surroundings, with his former employers Feyenoord eyeing a deal for the 29-year-old who left the Eredivisie side in 2014 to join Newcastle United.
While the latest reports cited by InsideFutbol indicate that Feyenoord have been priced out of a move for the experienced full-back, the Dutch side can find encouragement in the fact they have until the end of August to negotiate a deal.
Janmaat featured 23 times in the Premier League for Watford last year, scoring three goals.
Marvin Plattenhardt: Hertha Berlin
Defensive rejuvenation could be on the cards for Watford in the final few days of the transfer window, as Javi Gracia is reportedly still keen on the services of highly-coveted Hertha Berlin full-back Marvin Plattenhardt.
German outlet Bild states Watford, Leicester, Fulham and Bournemouth remain in the running for the 26-year-old Germany international, with Everton and Huddersfield Town both ending their interest in the experienced defender.
Hertha value the defender at around €25m, a price that may need to be reduced if a deal is to be completed.
Troy Deeney to Burnley
The final few days of the summer transfer window could see Watford face a scrap to keep hold of captain Troy Deeney, who has emerged as a top target for Burnley – with ESPN stating the Clarets have offered a remarkable five-year deal to the 30-year-old.
Sean Dyche’s side have reportedly seen an approach of £9m turned down by the Hornets for the forward, with Javi Gracia quoted by Football.London as wanting the club’s all-time top scorer to remain at Vicarage Road.
“Yeah, for sure [I want him to stay]. I think all of the players are important, and for sure, Troy is one of them.”
Paco Alcacer: Barcelona
A deal that could potentially soften Watford’s stance on the future of captain Troy Deeney is the Hornets pursuit of Barcelona forward Paco Alcacer, who has endured a difficult time with the LaLiga champions since joining from Valencia in 2016.
Spanish outlet Sport states Watford are in discussions to sign the 24-year-old on a two-year loan deal, with a switch then making Alcacer’s move to the Premier League permanent at the end of his initial deal with the Hornets.
However, Alcacer is yet to make a decision on a switch after previously holding out for a return to Valencia.
Georges-Kevin Nkoudou clearly has no future at Tottenham Hotspur if Mainz deal goes ahead
Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly ready to let Nkoudou go on loan.
It appears Tottenham Hotspur are ready to let Georges-Kevin Nkoudou leave the club on loan before the end of the month. According to Sky Sports, Spurs are ready to let the winger join Bundesliga side Mainz until the end of the season.
However, Nkoudou has recently shown what he is capable of. The 23-year-old had a brilliant pre-season as Tottenham won the International Champions Cup. He was named man-of-the-match in the penalty loss to Barcelona, in which he scored. He also found the net against AC Milan in a 1-0 win. His form this summer was electric and led many to believe might have a chance at Tottenham this season.
So the fact he is being loaned out probably suggests one thing. Nkoudou has no long-term future at Tottenham Hotspur.
Even after an impressive pre-season and with Tottenham thin on the ground the young Frenchman has been told to pack his bags and head elsewhere.
This may only be a temporary deal, but it appears the precursor to a more permanent Tottenham exit.
Five interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Tottenham’s new stadium
There’s a lot to look forward to if you’re Spurs fan.
So put aside all your disappointment, for the time being, if you’re a Spurs fan, and take a look at the positives: the fact your club is about to be playing its football at one of the world’s most impressive sport set-ups.
Here at The Boot Room, we have found five interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Tottenham’s new stadium.
1. It will be the largest football club stadium in London
The new Spurs stadium will be the largest football club stadium in the English capital, with a total capacity of 62,062, surpassing fierce rivals Arsenal‘s Emirates Stadium which holds 59,867.
It had been initially planned for the stadium to only hold 60,000, but an updated layout and seating scheme have meant that the capacity has increased.
Just imagine those European nights in North London this season; will some great new memories be made?
2. 10-year NFL agreement
Perhaps the most surprising of the facts is that Spurs’ new stadium will also be the home of NFL in London, with the North London side agreeing to a 10-year deal to host NFL games, with the first taking place on October 14th.
The stadium has facilities already in place for when the American Football sides visit the UK including; four dressing rooms dedicated to the NFL and a media suite.
3. Retractable pitch
The stadium will be the first in the UK to have two different pitches inside one bowl; a real turf football pitch and an artificial surface underneath.
Is this something we’ll see more football clubs incorporating into their stadiums in the future? Or merely a bonus for the Spurs team to benefit from.
4. Skywalk stadium tour
The new stadium will feature a “skywalk”, an attraction for tourists and visitors to the stadium to use and participate in as an alternative to the stadium tour.
The skywalk will allow visitors to climb the exterior of the stadium giving them an unparalleled and unique view of the pitch.
A world first for any football stadium; the new setup will have a microbrewery inside for fans and visitors to enjoy during their visit.
Visitors to the stadium will be able to enjoy a selection of local craft beers created and brewed in partnership with Tottenham and the fans.
Away days to Spurs will be a lot more fun in coming seasons.
Two years after Jurgen Klopp phonecall Liverpool are not missing out on Ben Brereton
Liverpool wanted the young striker, but he is now struggling for football at Nottingham Forest.
When Ben Brereton burst onto the scene at Nottingham Forest it was widely welcomed by Reds fans. The talented teenager had an excellent 2016-17 with Forest and, despite his struggles in front of goal last term, still had another productive season.
It led to plenty of reports of Premier League interest, including from Liverpool.
As reported by The Sun, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was reportedly looking into the signing of Brereton back in the winter of 2017.
The report claimed that after impressing Klopp in an FA Youth Cup game against Liverpool in 2016 the German called Forest academy chief Gary Brazil to ‘personally enquire’ about his services.
Liverpool were again linked with him that summer before the talented youngster signed a new contract at the City Ground.
But, fast forward 18 months and Liverpool fans will probably feel they are not missing out.
The striker can no longer find his way into the Forest matchday squad, after the arrivals of Lewis Grabban and Hilal El-Arbi Soudani this summer.
It has even led to Blackburn Rovers trying to sign him on the final day of the transfer window.
Of course, he is still young and has a bright future in the game. But Liverpool will surely feel he is perhaps not at the level needed to make it at Anfield after his recent struggles.
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