Watford secured promotion to the Premier League at the end of last season, and a report in the South London Press has claimed that they are willing to loan out young defender Tommie Hoban for the 2015/16 campaign.
It is stated that four clubs are interested in the 21-year-old, with Nottingham Forest, Wolves, Charlton and Rotherham United all making moves to secure his signature.
The Irish Under-21 international made 30 appearances for the Hornets last term, establishing himself in the side under head coach Slavisa Jokanovic. Primarily a centre-half, he also showed an adeptness to feature at left-back and left wing-back, utilising his height from a wide position to provide added cover.
A former Arsenal trainee, Hoban progressed through the Watford academy, and made his debut for the Hornets in 2011. He enjoyed a breakthrough campaign under Gianfranco Zola in 2012/13, making 19 appearances, before injury ruled him out for the second half of the season.
He could only manage seven games during 2013/14 due to recurrences of that same injury, before finding his best form again last term.
Whilst an established member of the first-team, the report states that Watford will be willing to let Hoban leave on loan next season to guarantee him playing time, as they look to bring in top level defensive reinforcements.
The Hornets are looking to stay in the Premier League, and Hoban’s place could be sacrificed at the expense of summer signings.
He has a proven ability in the Championship, and his versatility makes him a valuable player for many clubs. All four interested parties would be making a wise move to sign Hoban, and it remains to be seen whether any of the clubs formalise their interest into concrete approaches for the talented young defender.