Watford have reportedly agreed a deal with the West Ham target.
The Serbian international, 27, was first linked with a move to Vicarage Road at the beginning of this week, as per TMW, having also reportedly been one of Slaven Bilic’s priority targets at West Ham, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
Yet there were no indications that the Hammers had formalised their interest into a concrete approach, and now Watford have stolen in to sign a player with a wealth of experience to his name.
A 51-capped Serbian international, Kuzmanovic played for Basel, Fiorentina and Stuttgart before his move to Inter in 2013, and he has totalled 55 appearances for the Serie A outfit in two seasons.
He may not have been outstanding for the club, and although Inter are not the force they once were, if the report is to be believed, Watford have pulled off a real coup to agree a deal for him.
Kuzmanovic fills a void in the Hornets ranks, with the lack of a natural defensive midfielder apparent last term. Defensive issues were the only weakness that could have seen them fail to win promotion, and the 27-year-old will be the player who sits in front of the defence to shield the back-line and provide added cover.
If the deal is officially confirmed, Watford have made a wise move in signing Kuzmanovic, and have made a real statement of intent by securing him ahead of West Ham - an established Premier League club with Europa League football to their name.