Report: Watford start tracking Simone Zaza ahead of January window, two other Premier League clubs keen

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Watford, Tottenham and West Ham are reportedly surveying Juventus striker Simone Zaza.

According to a report in TransferMarketWeb, Watford have entered the race to sign Juventus striker Simone Zaza in the January transfer window, with his future in Turin under threat.

The 24-year-old striker linked up with Juve over the summer transfer window, moving from Sassuolo after a strong time with the Serie A minnows.

However, he has struggled to establish himself at Juve, and has managed just one goal in eight games this term. Zaza has started only three Serie A fixtures, and has managed just 30 minutes of action in the Champions League.

He is clearly a back-up option, and this has caused Zaza to reconsider his future with the Italian champions ahead of the January transfer window.

The report states that he is being tracked by three Premier League teams, with Watford entering the race alongside long-standing suitors Tottenham and West Ham. Sky Sports reported over the summer that the Hammers were close to agreeing a loan deal with Zaza, whilst TMW claimed that Spurs were making enquiries into his availability.

No deal could be struck, and it appears as if the two long-standing suitors will be battling with Watford for his signature in January.

Do Watford need Zaza?

Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney are undoubted first choice forwards, and they are unlikely to lose their places in the team any time soon.

Deeney is playing as a second striker and is captain, whilst Ighalo has adapted to the top flight with ease as a goalscorer.

The main back-up option is Obbi Oulare, although he has yet to play a game for the Hornets since his summer signing. However, this is down to fitness issues which the club want to make sure he overcomes before throwing him into action.

Zaza would be a solid back-up option for Watford to call upon, but he would likely not be keen on moving to Vicarage Road considering the lack of chances he would get ahead of Ighalo and Deeney, with Oulare also waiting in the wings for his chance.

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