Report explains why Watford pulled out of deal for new Aston Villa signing Rudy Gestede

Watford Vicarage Road

Watford had a deal in place to sign Gestede, but he ended up moving to Aston Villa.

Watford were attempting to sign Gestede from Blackburn this summer, but a report in WD Sport has explained why the Hornets pulled out of a deal for the striker.

Chairman Gino Pozzo made the towering forward one of his prime targets for summer strengthening following the Hornets promotion to the Premier League. Despite having an incredible strike force already - Troy Deeney, Matej Vrydra and Odion Ighalo netted 57 goals between them last term - Pozzo wanted another option for the top flight.

Gestede is different to all the players in that his power is as a target man, something none of the Watford players can really impress at. He is tall, strong and a great header of the ball, and Pozzo believed a Plan B would be needed in the Premier League.

He had bid £5 million for Gestede, who was keen on the move to Vicarage Road and who had already outlined his personal terms - which were within Watford’s reach.

However, the appointment of Quique Sanchez Flores as head coach saw the deal ended, as the Spanish boss made it clear he did not want a route one style player in his ranks.

The Hertfordshire club pulled out of a deal to sign him, opening the door for Aston Villa to swoop in for Gestede, as a much more direct replacement for Christian Benteke - who left to join Liverpool.

The report goes on to state that Watford now have no intentions of adding another striker to their ranks this summer, with Flores happy with the aforementioned trio, as well as Fernando Forestieri.

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