Premier League newcomers Watford have bid £5 million for Sampdoria midfielder Morten Thorsby as a potential replacement for Aston Villa and Newcastle United target Will Hughes, as reported by SampNews24.
As Hughes continues to stall on extending a contract that runs out in 12 months’ time, Xisco Munoz and co have little choice but to start thinking about life without their blond midfield maestro.
And Watford have a decision to make. Do they sell Hughes while they can or try to get one more year of football out of a man whose industry and vision could be integral to their hopes of remaining in the top flight?
Securing Thorsby’s signature could, at least, make that decision a bit easier.
Could Thorsby replace Will Hughes at Watford?
The Norway international is no Hughes clone – he’s 6ft 2in and more of a physical presence in the heart of midfield – but he does possess many of the attributes that have made the 26-year-old Englishman such an integral part of the Watford side.
Thorsby, like Hughes, is a fine passer of the ball and isn’t afraid to get stuck in.
He accumulated ten yellow cards in 29 Serie A starts last term and that cynical streak could come in handy at Watford, who had a midfield with the consistency of warm butter the last time they were a Premier League team.
Watford have yet to meet Sampdoria’s £6 million asking price, however, offering just £5 million so far. Talks are expected to continue, though, and there’s belief a compromise could be reached sooner rather than later.
One thing’s for sure, Aston Villa and Newcastle will be watching developments like a hawk. Thorsby’s arrival could push Hughes that little bit closer to the exit.