The Hornets are on the recruitment drive, with Sport Italia claiming that the Atalanta star is in their sights.
However, with the newly-promoted Hornets on a recruitment drive, the Reds are seemingly set to face some competition for the right-back’s signature.
The report in Udineseblog.it suggests that Watford owner Gino Pozzo wants to use his connections in his homeland to raid Serie A for the former Italy under-21 star.
Zappacosta had his breakthrough campaign in the Italian top flight last season, impressing for Atalanta in 2014-15.
With two years worth of experience playing for the Azzurri’s under-21 side to boot, the versatile full-back has become a player to attract attention of visiting scouts.
Watford have already added a number of new faces to their squad ahead of next season, with the latest Vicarage Road capture the signing of Greece international left-back Jose Holebas from Roma.
The Hornets were automatically promoted to the Premier League ahead of next season after a strong second half to 2014-15.