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Watford are hoping to make free-agent defender Chey Dunkley their first signing since dropping down into the Championship, with the Mail reporting that the ex-Wigan Athletic ace is not short of offers.

While Norwich City appear to have taken relegation in their stride, reinforcing a paper-thin squad with the likes of Kieran Dowell, Bali Mumba, Jacob Sorensen and exciting winger Przemyslaw Placheta, the same cannot be said of Watford.

The Hornets don’t even have a manager at present, let alone a host of new signings.

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With Abdoulaye Doucoure, Ismaila Sarr, Gerard Deulofeu and more expected to attract interest, the Watford team which starts the 2020/21 season could be very different from the one dumped from the Premier League last Sunday.

Yet the Vicarage Road faithful should take some heart from learning that Watford appear to finally be making steps to solve their Achilles heel at the centre of defence.

Only three top-flight clubs conceded more than their 64 goals in 2019/20 and, as Leeds and Brentford fans will tell you, a watertight backline is required if you are to challenge for an automatic promotion place.

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Dunkley, then, would be a fine addition – particularly now that the 6ft 3ins, Wolverhampton-born giant is now a free agent after relegated Wigan were plunged into administration.

The no-nonsense centre-back is exactly the kind of commanding presence Watford’s defence is crying out for. And he’s rather useful at the other end too, notching six Championship goals last season.

The report adds that Watford will face competition from Bristol City for Dunkley’s signature.

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