Reported Watford target Steven Berghuis comments on transfer speculation

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The former Tottenham and Chelsea trialist has been linked with a move to Watford.

It was reported by the Guardian yesterday that Watford were close to signing Berghuis from AZ Alkmaar, and the talented winger has commented on the speculation to De Telegraaf.

He said: “I am certainly open to Watford, but before I sign, I want to first make sure they have plenty of opportunities to survive in the Premier League and what exactly they have in mind for me.

“Playing in the Premier League would be fantastic, it's the dream of every footballer. I am also gratified by the interest of Watford, but I’m not only going to choose a move based on the competition level of the club.”

The 23-year-old, who is considered one of the brightest prospects in the Eredivisie, certainly sounds keen on securing a move to Vicarage Road this summer. He once spent spells on trial with Spurs and Chelsea, according to the report, and could be finally set for a permanent move to England.

However, he is not only going to secure a transfer because of their status as a Premier League club, as he wants to ensure that consistent playing time is still on the table as he looks to continue his development.

Berghuis, who was recently called up into the Dutch senior international squad, has made 91 appearances for AZ, scoring 21 goals and registering 18 assists. He played for FC Twente beforehand, progressing through their academy, before securing the move to AZ in the summer of 2012.

He enjoyed a prolific season during 2014/15, scoring 11 goals and registering five assists in 22 games, despite suffering an injury which kept him out for the first half of the campaign.

Berghuis wants to ensure that he can continue his development before choosing to move to Watford, and the Hornets can offer him consistent football at a top level. There are few natural wingers in the squad - with Ikechi Anya and Lloyd Dyer the only real options - and Berghuis would be an almost guaranteed starter if he were to sign.

In this situation, it appears as if it will not be too long before the talented youngster is turning out at Vicarage Road.

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