Watford close on £5m deal for Will Hughes

Liverpool's Emre Can in action with Derby's Will Hughes

HITC Sport understands Watford are lining up a move for the Derby County star.

Derby County's Will Hughes celebrates scoring their third goalDerby County's Will Hughes celebrates scoring their third goal

Watford are closing in on a move for Derby County midfielder Will Hughes, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Hughes's future at Derby has been the subject of speculation this summer as Derby face a battle to keep hold of their best players after failing to win promotion to the Premier League last season.

Aston Villa's Libor Kozak in action with Derby's Will HughesAston Villa's Libor Kozak in action with Derby's Will Hughes

The former England Under-21 international is regarded as one of the best young talents outside the top flight after bursting onto the scene with Derby five seasons ago.

Hughes has made over 180 appearances for Derby and although he signed a new deal only in January the Rams are thought to be willing to cash-in on him to raise funds for their own transfer plans this summer.

 

A number of clubs have shown an interest in Hughes in the past, but now Watford are ready to offer the midfielder the chance to move to the Premier League.

Watford are keen to bolster their midfield options for next season and Hughes' homegrown status makes him an even more attractive proposition for Marco Silva's men.

Watford are ready to bid £5 million for Hughes as they look to persaude Derby to sell the 22-year-old.

Derby County's Will Hughes scores their third goalDerby County's Will Hughes scores

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