Report: Watford target outcast Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Etienne Capoue

Watford have been linked with making a move for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Etienne Capoue.

The Hornets are preparing to build up their squad for the upcoming Premier League season, and with the signing of Sebastian Prodl already finalised, they are looking at further targets.

Strengthening the midfield looks to be of vital importance for the Hertfordshire-based club, with the lack of a real ball-winning midfielder evident. The likes of Daniel Tozser and Ben Watson are more offensive than natural holding midfielders, whilst there are no guarantees that Gianni Munari or Adlene Guedioura will have their loan deals extended - or sign on a permanent basis.

This has highlighted the need to bring in another holding midfielder, and with a wealth of targets already linked to the club, the latest report in France Football claims that the Hornets are keen on signing Tottenham’s Etienne Capoue.

Capoue, a seven-capped French international, has found himself as something of an outcast at White Hart Lane since his signing in the summer of 2013. He registered just 18 appearances for the club this term, and although impressing in the Europa League, it does not look as if Mauricio Pochettino will bring him back into the squad next season.

This has opened the door for an exit, and Watford are reportedly keen on moving for a player who has suitably impressed the Pozzo family scouts. He is 26, and will likely be available for a cut-priced deal due to his struggles, whilst still possessing re-sale value if impressing for the Hornets in the Premier League.

Capoue is linked as part of a double deal from Spurs, with Younes Kaboul also interesting Watford. Quique Sanchez Flores’s men have also been linked with making a move for another French Tottenham midfielder, Benjamin Stambouli, as per L’Equipe.

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