After cashing in on Richarlison last week, Watford have money to spend in the market and are pursuing a number of targets before the window slams shut.
The Hornets have already drafted six new signings to the club this summer, with their most expensive recruit being landing Gerard Deulofeu permanently from Barcelona, but Javi Gracia still has work he wants to complete.
A new forward and defensive reinforcements look to be on the agenda, as we identify four signings Watford could make this week.
Divock Origi: Liverpool
Despite having around £40 milion to splash in the market following Richarlison’s move to Everton, the Mirror reports Watford are reluctant to meet Liverpool’s reported £26 million asking price for Divock Origi – but a deal could still happen.
The Hornets are pursuing a loan deal for the Belgium international, who spent last season on-loan in the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg, with Jurgen Klopp looking to offload as he is ready to hand Daniel Sturridge a fresh chance at Anfield.
At 23 years of age, Origi could be crafted into a key player for Javi Gracia at Vicarage Road and the experience of regular first-team football may lead the 22-cap international towards his full potential.
Diego Reyes: Free agent
In search of defensive reinforcements, Sky Sports has reported that Watford joined the hunt for Mexico international Diego Reyes last week – who is available for nothing following the expiration of his contract with Porto last month.
The Hornets face a stern fight to land the services of the 25-year-old though as Premier League rivals Newcastle United and West Ham are also linked with the experienced centre-back, who has earned 53 caps for his national side.
Bordeaux, Fenerbache and a number of LaLiga sides are also stated to be keen on a deal.
Paco Alcacer: Barcelona
Having already landed Deulofeu from Barcelona, Watford are said to be in the hint for another outcast from the Spanish champions and Sport states Paco Alcacer is mulling over an offer from a Premier League club – although it is stated that it is not Watford.
Landing Alcacer, who has also attracted interest from Leicester City and Valencia, will prove to be a stern task but Watford now have the finances to turn the head of the 24-year-old striker who scored four LaLiga goals last term.
“He is a player who was not participating much but has demonstrated that he is a scorer.”
Wesley Said: Dijon
Watford are looking for a new recruit to fill the void left by Richarlison following his move to Everton and HITC Sport understand that Watford are targeting a move for Dijon’s highly-rated forward Wesley Said.
Ranked as one of the best talents within French football after netting nine goals and providing four assists in 31 Ligue 1 appearances last term, the 23-year-old would command a hefty price as Dijon are desperate not to sell their prized asset.
However, Dijon would struggle to turn down a sizeable offer for the versatile former France U21 international.