Malaga to beat Fulham to Okaka

Watford's Italian striker Stefano Okaka (R) celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Watford and Liverpool at Vicarage Road Stadium in...

HITC Sport understands Malaga are to beat Fulham to Watford striker Okaka.

Watford's Italian striker Stefano Okaka (R) celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Watford and Liverpool at Vicarage Road Stadium in...

Watford striker Stefano Okaka has snubbed a possible move to Fulham to move to Malaga, HITC Sport understands.

Fulham were leading the race to sign Okaka after opening talks with Watford over the Italian international and were hopeful of bringing the striker back to Craven Cottage after he had a short loan spell at Fulham in 2010 when he joined them from Roma for the second half of the 2009/10 season.

A number of other Championship clubs had expressed an interest in Okaka, but it is understood the player did not want to drop down into the Championship.

Stefano Okaka of Italy in action during the international friendly match between Germany and Italy at Allianz Arena on March 29, 2016 in Munich, Germany.

Malaga have now swooped in to lure the 28-year-old to La Liga on loan and Okaka is expected to travel to Spain on Wednesday to finalise the move ahead of transfer deadline day.

Okaka, who joined Watford from Anderlecht in 2016, has found himself out of favour with Watford for the majority of the season and he is ready to move on in search of regular first-team football.

Watford are happy to let Okaka to move on as they feel they have enough cover in attack and that the big striker is unlikely to figure in new boss Javi Gracia's plans going forward.

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