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Watford director Cristiano Giaretta has rubbished reports linking the Premier League newcomers with a £5 million move for Serie A star Morten Thorsby, while speaking to Sampdoria News. 

If you had believed some reports coming out of Italy this week, it must have felt like a matter of time before the Norway international was posing for photos at Vicarage Road. 

It was claimed on Wednesday that Watford had made a £5 million bid for Thorsby.

Sampdoria were demanding £1 million more for a man who made his name at Heerenveen but, according to SampNews24, a compromise was expected to be reached before the end of August. 

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Giaretta, however, has now poured cold water on the raging fires of speculation.  

Watford’s sporting director admits that one more player could arrive before the September deadline. But whoever that player is, it won’t be Thorsby. 

“We have almost completed the team, we are thinking of adding another player,” Giaretta said. 

“We do not have Thorsby in our sights, there are no talks ongoing, we are looking for a player with different characteristics.” 

Will Morten Thorsby now join West Ham United instead?

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Watford’s stance does, however, open the door for West Ham.

David Moyes’ side are in the market for a 6ft-something midfielder in the Tomas Soucek mould and Thorsby fits the bill. The one-time Eredivisie star scored three times for Sampdoria in 2020/21 and every one of those goals came with his head. 

Watford, meanwhile, have been very busy in the market, reinforcing a squad which finished second in the Championship last season under Xisco Munoz. 

Proven Premier League talents have arrived in the shape of Danny Rose and Josh King, while ex-Middlesbrough striker Ashley Fletcher also signed on the dotted line alongside the £3.5 million Emmanuel Dennis and the £8.6 million Imran Louza. 

There is still a chance that star man Will Hughes could go. Aston Vila and Newcastle are eyeing up a man with just one year left on his contract.

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