Watford have been linked with Manchester City’s Seko Fofana.

Former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini and Seko Fofana

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Watford are in talks to sign Manchester City’s Seko Fofana.

The report claims that Watford owners, the Pozzo family, want the player in the long run at their other club Udinese yet in the meantime the idea is for him to make a switch to Vicarage Road.

The Pozzos currently own as many as three clubs – Watford, Udinese and Granada – and it has become increasingly common over the past few years for players to trade between the trio.

Fofana joined Manchester City from Lorient in 2013, yet he was immediately placed out on loan.

The 21-year-old has a spell at Fulham in the Championship, making 21 appearances, before spending the past season back in his native France on loan at Ligue 1 side Bastia.

Fofana made 25 starts in the French top-flight, averaging 2.2 successful take-ons and 1.4 tackles per game.

The youngster is predominantly a holding midfielder and he is highly-rated by his peers, featuring for the French youth teams and prompting City to bring him in ahead of strong competition.

However, his chances of regular first-team action at the Etihad Stadium is slim, yet as proven during his loan spell in Bastia he does possess the quality to feature in one of Europe’s top leagues.

The Hornets will be looking to strengthen their squad in order to establish themselves in the Premier League, and the addition of Fofana even if only for a season could help make a difference.

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