Watford are reportedly closing in on a deal for Fiorentina midfielder Mario Suarez, with the Spain international set to join the Hornets on loan.
According to the London Evening Standard, Watford failed with an audacious bid to sign Thomas from Athletico Madrid, but boss Quique Sanchez Flores is close to bringing Suarez to Vicarage Road having known the midfielder from his time in Spain.
Despite only joining in the summer, Suarez has been told he can leave Fiorentina after failing to settle in Italy.
The 28-year-old midfielder has four caps for Spain and helped guide Atletico Madrid to the La Liga title and Champions League final in 2014.
Suarez has started only four games this season, scoring one goal, and Watford are keen to bring the midfielder to the Premier League but face competition from French side Marseille.
Watford are currently ninth in the Premier League after a stunning start to the campaign under Flores. The Hornets were left empty handed last weekend after two late goals secured a 2-1 win for Manchester City, despite a dominant display by Flores’s side.
They face Newcastle United in the FA Cup this weekend followed by a Premier League clash with Ronald Koeman’s Southampton.