Watford are keen to bolster their attacking department before the January transfer window passes and have reportedly set their sights on a French striker currently plying his trade in Italy.
The Hornets have been quite inconsistent this season under head coach Valerien Ismael, having picked up nine wins, nine draws and eight losses in the Championship in 26 matches so far. Nevertheless, Watford have done enough to remain in the conversation for the top six.
Ismael’s side have picked up 36 points this season in England’s second tier and are currently sitting four points behind Sunderland who occupy the sixth place in the table.
The team’s biggest issue this season has been conceding goals. Watford have conceded 36 goals in 26 matches this term, the 13th-worst record in the division. Nevertheless, the club are still eyeing up offensive recruits before the winter window passes.
According to a report from Corriere dello Sport, via Sport Witness, Watford are keeping tabs on Sassuolo frontman Gregoire Defrel. The Frenchman’s contract is set to expire with the Italian outfit at the end of the campaign, meaning he could be available for cheap before the end of the month.
Defrel has become a mere squad player in Italy with the Neroverdi, having made merely nine appearances in the top-flight. Furthermore, the 32-year-old has failed to score a single goal this season and his market value has dropped to just £4 million, as per the CIES Football Observatory.
This certainly wouldn’t be the first time Watford have signed a player from Italy under the current ownership, but many supporters will be happy to know that Defrel doesn’t play and has never played for Udinese.
Nevertheless, this wouldn’t be a good signing. Defrel is now on the wrong side of 30, is said to be on £27k-per-week and has only scored just four goals over the past three seasons and would be another needless addition to the wage bill.