Report: Watford bid £6.7 million for Boufal, Lille disappointed with offer

Picture Supplied by Action Images

The Moroccan international shone in Ligue 1 last season, but will the Hornets manage to bring him to the Premier League this summer?

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesSofiane Boufal (C)

Watford have opened bidding for hugely talented Lille attacker Sofian Boufal according to Sky Sports reports, though it is an offer that has not gone down well at the 22-year-old's club.

The Hornets are just one of the sides to have been linked with the former Angers man, who can operate in a number of attacking midfield and forward positions, with several other Premier League clubs among those reportedly keeping tabs on the player.

Picture Supplied by Action Images *** Local Caption *** 2011-10-18T205111Z_1413133243_GM1E7AJ0DOT01_RTRMADP_3_SOCCER-CHAMPIONS.JPGWalter Mazzarri

But new manager Walter Mazzarri's side seem to have been the first outfit to make a bid for Boufal, opening up proceedings with what Sky Sports claim is a £6.7 million offer.

This report goes on to suggest that this has not impressed the Ligue 1 club, who value their star at more than double that amount, with a figure of £16.8 million what they are looking for.

The player is reportedly open to moving to Watford.

Paris St Germain v Lille - French League Cup final - Stade de France stadiumParis St Germain v Lille - French League Cup final - Stade de France stadium

Boufal scored 12 goals in 35 matches last season, mainly operating from either wing, is a supremely skilful individual who would certainly light up Vicarage Road if he was to make the move to North London.

For that to happen though, it is clear that there is going to have to be some development in proceedings, with Watford likely having to return with a much more convincing offer for the Lille man.

Have something to tell us about this article?

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch