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Watford's Dodi Lukebakio reportedly close to £18m Hertha Berlin switch

Javi Gracia, Manager of Watford looks on prior to the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Watford FC at Craven Cottage on September 22, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Watford are set to make a hefty profit on one of their out of favour stars as Dodi Lukebakio nears a permanent move to the Bundesliga's Hertha Berlin.

Dodi Lukebakio of Belgium in action during the 2019 UEFA U-21 Group A match between Poland and Belgium at Mapei Stadium - Citta del Tricolore on June 16, 2019 in Reggio nell'Emilia, Italy

According to a report from L'Equipe, Watford's Dodi Lukebakio is close to completing a move to Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin for a fee of £18.3m in the coming days.

A Belgian under-21 international, Lukebakio spent last season at another Bundesliga side in Fortuna Dusseldorf where he was a star.

Lukebakio scored 14 goals and provided five assists in all competitions and his performances attracted interest from a number of sides in Europe. 

 

Ligue 1 runners-up Lille were keen on Lukebakio according to the report but the French outfit were only able to offer £11m with bonuses worth £2.75m. This was nowhere near Watford's valuation of the versatile forward and Hertha Berlin's financial power was too much for Lille despite being able to offer Champions League football. 

Lukebakio was touted as a replacement for Lille's top scorer from last season Nicolas Pepe, who is close to securing a move to Watford's Premier League rivals Arsenal. Lukebakio will now head to the German capital according to the report where he will sign a five-year contract with Hertha in the coming days. 

Raphael Guerreiro of Borussia Dortmund and Dodi Lukebakio of Fortuna Duesseldorf battle for the ball during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and Fortuna Duesseldorf at Signal...

Over £18m for a player who has played just 15 minutes of first-team football is a remarkable bit of business by the Hornets.

Manager Javi Gracia can now reinvest the money they will get for the Belgian to strengthen other areas of the squad as they head into the new Premier League season in less than two weeks. 

coach Javi Gracia of Watford FC during the Pre-season Friendly match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen v Watford FC at Alois Latini Stadion on July 20, 2019 in Zell am Zee, Austria

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