Report: Watford interested in moving for Tottenham midfielder Benjamin Stambouli

Watford are reportedly keen on signing Tottenham midfielder Benjamin Stambouli.

The Hornets are preparing themselves for the rigours of the Premier League, and a report in French newspaper L’Equipe - quoted by GFN - claims that they are keen on signing Spurs midfielder Stambouli.

The 24-year-old arrived at White Hart Lane last summer, with big expectations on his head due to an impressive spell with Montpellier in his homeland of France.

However, chances have been few and far between for the former Under-21 international, and he has made just 25 appearances, scoring one goal in a Europa League tie against Partizan Belgrade.

It was in this competition that he enjoyed his biggest impact, starting six of seven games, but his lack of game time in the Premier League was a clear sign that head coach Mauricio Pochettino was not keen on him.

This outcasting has led many to suggest that Stambouli will be leaving North London this summer, and the same L’Equipe report claims that he has already been approached by Ligue 1’s Marseille.

However, he has reportedly turned that deal down, insisting that he wants to remain in England.

This has opened up the door on a move to Watford, who need a player of Stambouli’s talents in their ranks. The lack of a ball-winning midfielder is evident, with even Ben Watson not fulfilling that role to a Premier League level, and the Frenchman plays such a style.

He also fits the Pozzo model of signings, being fairly young and undervalued at his current club, meaning that he would be available for cheap. Should he sign, and then impress with consistent Premier League game time, Watford would make a profit on selling him, having secured the services of a talented midfielder on a cut-price deal.

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