Watford close in on Liverpool defensive target

Date published: Monday 3rd July 2017 12:35

TEAMtalk understands Marco Silva is gearing up to raid his old club Hull City for a number of players with his main target being full-back Andy Robertson.

Watford’s hierarchy are looking for some more British talent, and Robertson fits the bill with Silva giving him a glowing reference having worked with him for much of last season and he has pushed for a deal.

Robertson has been tracked by Liverpool amongst others, but Watford are hoping to persuade the Scottish international to make the move to Vicarage Road and they will pay Hull’s asking price of around £10million.

Liverpool are looking for a left-back and with Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon staying in the capital after signing a new deal and the trail for Benjamin Mendy of Monaco going cold it was understood that Jurgen Klopp would step up his pursuit of the Scotland international.

Silva though is believed to have a good relationship with Robertson and in February the player spoke of his delight at staying with the Tigers amid interest from elsewhere.

“I am glad I am here and I am glad I am working under this manager. I am glad he came out and showed his belief in me, which is always nice to hear.

“Long may it continue and I’ll try and keep improving under him,” said Robertson in February.

Robertson admitted last month that after Scotland’s game with England a decision would have to be made on his future.

Robertson told the Hull Daily Mail: “I’ll sit down after this game with the people I need to talk to, and decide if it’s right for me to stay at Hull, or if I should look to move on.”

But Silva doesn’t just want Robertson, he would also like January additions Kamil Grosicki and Evandro.

Polish winger Grosicki has a release clause of less than £10million but Watford want to pay a lot less for the 29-year-old, who impressed following his arrival from French side Rennes.

Brazilian midfielder Evandro is a player who Silva trusts a lot, having been with him during his time at Estoril, and it is understood that he is keen to link up with him again and there is a chance Hull could release him on a free transfer or for a nominal fee.

 

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