According to The Guardian, Watford are in negotiations with Blackburn Rovers over their striker Rudy Gestede, with the Championship side holding out for a fee of £7million having rejected a bid of £4m earlier this month.
After seeing a move to the Premier League fall through in January, reports suggest that Gestede is still set on leaving Blackburn - a move that is likely to happen before the end of the summer window. As such, it is understood that the Benin international is eager to join Quique Flores’s newly-promoted side, despite interest from Norwich City.
The Guardian suggest the 26-year-old's representatives will meet Blackburn officials - who currently find themselves operating under a transfer embargo for a second successive window, after failing to meet the Football League’s financial fair play requirements - later this week in an attempt to finalise a deal. They are confident a resolution can be found.
Where would he fit in at Watford?
With Troy Deeney, Odion Ighalo and Matej Vydra - a strike trio that hit 57 league goals between them last season - already at Hornets manager Quique Flores' disposal, it is hard to envisage Gestede securing a regular first-team place at Vicarage Road - naturally this raises questions as to what he has to offer the team.
However, following a brief glance at the statistics, it is clear to see why he is in such high demand. In 39 appearances last term, the 26-year-old scored 19 goals for Blackburn - finishing the season as the Lancashire outfit's second top scorer behind Jordan Rhodes. He also created a further 43 chances for his teammates, his side's fourth highest total, while recording no less than four assists.
Ultimately, Watford's best chances of survival depend on the success of their strikers in front of goal. They thrived in attack throughout the most recent Championship season and this is an area that will continue to demand intense focus ahead of a gruelling 38-game top flight campaign.
If he can hit the ground running upon his arrival, Gestede could form part of an attacking quartet that ensures the Hornets Premier League status for a successive season. He - like Deeney, Ighalo and Vydra - guarantees goals, so expect plenty of action in the final third at Vicarage Road this season.