The Anderlecht utility man has revealed that the MLS club could not offer him the salary he was looking for.
Watford have received a potential boost in their alleged bid to sign Anderlecht defender Guillaume Gillet in January after the 31-year-old Belgian told DH.be that he has rejected an offer from the LA Galaxy.
Gillet is due to be a free agent next summer, and despite starting all but two of Anderlecht’s 17 league games this season, has been told that he is free to leave the Belgian giants in the coming transfer window.
The utility man, who can play at right-back or in midfield, has recently been linked with a whole host of clubs as a result, and RTBF reported earlier this week that Watford are among his suitors.
However, a switch to MLS has also been mentioned as a possible option, and the Belgium international revealed last month that he was considering linking up with former Anderlecht teammate Sacha Kljestan at the New York Red Bulls.
The Galaxy have also been in the mix for his signature, but a move now looks unlikely after the 21-times capped full-back turned down their initial approach because the club could not offer him a high enough wage package.
LA currently have a full quota of Designated Players and little salary cap room, and while Gillet stressed that he would still be interested in joining them if circumstances changed, the chances of a deal happening at this point look slim.
"Financially, it was not possible,” Gillet told DH.be. “The MLS system is complex and contracts are reduced there if you are not one of three [Designated Players].
“If all the ingredients were there, I would not directly close the door. It remains an option. The club knows I was interested, but they also know my salary expectations.”
The Galaxy’s failed bid obviously improves Watford’s chances of potentially signing Gillet this winter, but the Premier league side could still face competition for him from elsewhere in Europe.
French side Nantes have already publicly expressed their interest in a January deal, while Ligue 1 rivals Lille and Bordeaux are also said to be chasing his services [h/t La Voix du Nord, Voekbalkrant.com].
With his ability to play several positions and also score from midfield – as he has proved by netting three goals in five Europa League games this season, the versatile veteran be an intriguing addition for Quique Sanchez Flores’ squad, but whether he could be convinced to join the Hornets over other reported options remains to be seen.