Guillem Balague’s comments suggest reported Newcastle target will be available in summer

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Watford manager Slavisa Jokanovic has been linked with Newcastle United and Sunderland.

Well-known Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague has taken to social networking site Twitter to claim that Watford want to appoint a manager from mainland Europe.

Slavisa Jokanovic is the manager of the Hornets at the moment, but his current contract with the English club runs out in the summer.

Jokanovic has led Watford to promotion to the Premier League after guiding them to a second-place finish in the Championship this season.

Given the success the Serbian has had with Watford, one would expect him to stay at Vicarage Road, but an agreement over a new deal has yet to be reached.

Balague seems surprised at the current situation and has stated on Twitter that Watford are looking to bring in a manager from mainland Europe.

According to a report in The Daily Mail earlier this week, both Newcastle United and Sunderland are interested in Jokanovic, and Balague's comments suggest that he will be available in the summer.

One suspects that Sunderland may not be interested in 46-year-old anyone as they have offered Dick Advocaat a new contract, as reported by Eurosport.

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