Two European giants in hunt for Watford striker as Hornets trio face exit

Two European heavyweights are set to go toe-to-toe for the signature of Watford striker Danny Welbeck, according to a report.

Football Insider reports that Turkish clubs Beşiktaş and Fenerbahce are interested in bringing the 29-year-old to the Super Lig, with both outfits reportedly willing to offer a season-long loan for the attacker.

Forty-two time international Welbeck was one of the many notable first team players to sit out the Hornets’ 1-0 win over Middlesbrough in their first game back in the Championship.

The two-time Premier League winner scored twice in 18 games in the Premier League for the London outfit last season.

Indeed, he is yet to reach double figures in a single league campaign to date. Overall, he has scored 73 times in 331 club games across his 13-year senior career.

The former Manchester United striker has been hampered by injuries throughout his time as a professional footballer, being sidelined for more than 140 of his club’s games.

He was ruled out for a lengthy period last season too, having picked up a hamstring injury in November, just three months after signing for the club on a free from Arsenal.




Etienne Capoue: Taken off before half-time in Watford's defeat at Arsenal

Several reports elsewhere, meanwhile, are claiming that three other current Watford players could be on the brink of leaving the club.

AS (via Sport Witness) claims that Valencia are lining up a move for midfielder Etienne Capoue.

The France international has played more than 170 times for Watford since his transfer from Tottenham in July 2015. However, he has not featured in his side’s last four league games.

Meanwhile, Sky Sports says that Burnley could be in for Craig Dawson should James Tarkowski leave Turf Moor this transfer window.

Tarkowski’s future in Lancashire remains uncertain, but Clarets head coach Sean Dyche has said he is confident the centre-back will stay.

Finally, forward Luis Suarez could also be walking through the exit door amid interested from Ligue 1 outfit Marseille, according to the Watford Observer.

The 22-year-old netted 19 goals in 38 games during his loan spell at Real Zaragoza last term but the Hornets are seemingly very reluctant to let him go.