Report: Watford back in for Stevenage ace Wilmot

Javi Gracia, Manager of Watford shows appreciation to the fans prior to the Premier League match between Watford and Crystal Palace at Vicarage Road on April 21, 2018 in Watford, England.

Watford reportedly lead the race for Stevenage's Ben Wilmot after reviving their interest in the defender.

Ben Wilmot of Stevenage jumps with Anssi Jaakkola of Reading during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay match between Reading and Stevenage at Madejski Stadium on January 16, 2018 in...

Watford have revived their interest in Stevenage's Ben Wilmot, according to the Daily Mail, as speculation about the future of the defender continues.

The Hornets had a £500,000 bid for Wilmot rejected by his League Two owners during the January transfer window, as they held out for their valuation of £1m.

Javi Gracia, Manager of Watford shows appreciation to the fans prior to the Premier League match between Watford and Crystal Palace at Vicarage Road on April 21, 2018 in Watford, England.

The Premier League club were unwilling to meet that asking price and cooled their interest as a result, but are now once again leading the race to sign the 18-year-old.

Who else is interested?

It seems there are many sides from England's top flight keeping a close eye on Wilmot, with both Arsenal and Liverpool having sent scouts to watch the teenager in action.

Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger leaves the pitch after the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west...

Brighton and Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur have also shown interest in the centre-back - who broke into the Boro first team this season and has played 15 times to date.

Wilmot was withdrawn from the senior squad at the beginning of April, however, with chairman Phil Wallace releasing an official statement saying that a transfer was close and also revealing Chelsea and Manchester City were interested.

A general view as Everton players warm up prior to the Budweiser FA Cup fourth round match between Stevenage and Everton at the Lamex Stadium on January 25, 2014 in Stevenage, England.

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