According to the Mirror (live transfer thread, July 20th 2016 at 17:54), Watford have held talks with highly-rated attacking midfielder Sofiane Boufal over a potential switch to Vicarage Road.
The report claims that Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus are among those tracking his services, yet Watford are hoping to push to the front of the queue by holding talks at their pre-season base in Austria.
The Lille youngster rose to prominence this past season following a terrific individual campaign in France, scoring 11 goals and adding a further four assists from 29 league matches.
Boufal’s impressive displays have attracted interst from the likes of Chelsea and Spurs, yet fellow Premier League side Watford are seemingly aiming to pip their rivals to his signature.
The Hornets established themselves in the top-flight last season following their promotion from the Championship, and now they will be keen to push on under new boss Walter Mazzarri.
A number of players have already arrived at Vicarage Road this summer as a result of the club’s wide scouting network, yet Boufal would no doubt be among their most impressive additions.
The £18 million-rated star can play in a number of positions in the final third, and at 22 he has an abundance of potential to go on and become one of Morocco’s best ever talents.