As reported by L’Equipe, Watford are interested in making a summer move for Marko Basa, although Lille do not want to lose another central defender in the coming weeks.
Simon Kjaer transferred to Fenerbahce earlier this week, and Basa, who is contracted until 2019, is a vital part of the team following his departure.
The 32-year-old Montenegro international made 43 appearances last term, defying his increasing age with impressive displays on a consistent basis.
Watford have already added one centre-back to their squad this summer, with the arrival of Sebastian Prodl from Werder Bremen, and adding a 32-year-old player with no sell-on value does not seem to fit in with their transfer structure.
Although he may be a good player, he is on a long-term contract at Lille and would not come cheap. The Hornets have no need to spend large amounts on ageing players with little potential, especially when they are in the market to add homegrown players to their squad instead.
The links to Basa may be truthful, with Watford assessing all transfer options ahead of the new season, but it would be very unlikely to see them move for him unless all other possibilities are off the table.