Watford's reported Markovic pursuit leaves little room for Success

Liverpool's Lazar Markovic

Watford are said to be lining up Liverpool midfielder Lazar Markovic, but will this open the door to the likes of West Ham for another Hornets winger?

Hull City's Lazar Markovic scores their first goalLiverpool and former Hull City player, Lazar Markovic
could soon be in Watford colours

The Daily Star has prompted speculation that Lazar Markovic of Liverpool could be a prized target for new manager Marco Silva, who is yet to make any signings to date for the Hornets.

Markovic would not come cheap in terms of what Watford have paid out in the past for players, but it is hard to see his value rising above £15m in the current market for Watford to be interested.

Watford's Isaac Success celebrates scoring their second goalWatford's Isaac Success celebrates scoring second goal in 2-2 draw with AFCB Bournemouth

Success possible exit
The current record transfer fee at Vicarage road is held by Isaac Success, the Nigerian winger who signed in January 2016 for the Hertfordshire club for a fee of around £12.5 million, according to SkySports.

Whether Success is a player that the Hornets want to keep hold of though is now in doubt. It's not that he blew people away last season, more that he is taking up one of the valuable places in a squad that lacked enthusiasm towards the end of campaign to finish with any form.

Watford's Isaac Success in action with Burnley's Dean MarneyWatford's Isaac Success in action with Burnley's Dean Marney

West Ham United's interest in Hornet
West Ham were interested in the Watford winger back in May, according to the Daily Express. However, reports in the Watford Observer suggested that paper talk about Success joining West Ham were "wide of the mark". 

What will appeal to West Ham is the directness of Success' play. He heads straight for goal and drifts into space well, coming in from the wing, often at the far post behind defenders where he gets opportunities to score. Perhaps Slaven Bilic can do as well with Success as he has done with Michail Antonio.

Bilic is very demanding of his wingers and the slow start that Robert Snodgrass has made at the club has not gone down well in some sections of the London stadium. Issac Success could be an ideal replacement.

Success has only just completed one season of a five year-deal at Watford, and he failed to capitalise on his start in the Premier League that gave such promise last Autumn. He scored his one and only top flight goal against AFC Bournemouth, in a substitute appearance on 1 October 2016.

Watford's Isaac Success shoots wide under pressure from West Ham United's Darren RandolphWatford's Isaac Success shoots wide under pressure from
West Ham United's Darren Randolph

Such celebrations for the Nigerian have been scarce though, despite his 19 appearances for Watford. Whether that was down to Walter Mazzari's opinion of Isaac or the player's so-called fitness issues, as reported in the Harrow Times, is not easy for those outside the club to tell.

In the end, the real jury on whether Isaac stays or goes will probably be down to the accountants, as much as Marco Silva, if the club does go chasing after the likes of Lazar Markovic.  

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