Watford battling relegation rivals for AC Milan veteran; bid for Napoli defender

Date published: Wednesday 15th January 2020 2:03 - Samuel Bannister

Watford are interested in completing an eye-catching double swoop for two Serie A stars, according to reports.

The Hornets have been revitalised under Nigel Pearson, climbing out of the relegation zone for the first time this season following their win over Bournemouth at the weekend.

Pearson admitted after the game that the job was far from done yet, fuelling speculation that they could look to bolster their squad with reinforcements in the January transfer window.

They have already added one Serie A player from sister club Udinese, with winger Ignacio Pussetto joining in a €7m deal.

The next two names they have lined up may be more familiar, with AS claiming they are in a three-horse race to sign Argentine midfielder Lucas Biglia from AC Milan.

The defensive midfielder has struggled for gametime this season, playing just seven times; and with Milan looking to reshape their squad this winter, he could be one of the names on their way out of San Siro.

Alongside Watford, however, Norwich City and Celta Vigo are also said to be interested in the 33-year-old, whose contract expires at the end of the season.


Secondly, the Hornets are targetting the addition of full-back Faouzi Ghoulam from Napoli.

The left-sided Algerian lost his place in the starting XI in 2019, and has made just three starts in Serie A this season.

According to Sport Italia journalist Alfredo Pedulla, Watford have now lodged a €10m bid for the 28-year-old.

It is believed Napoli are holding out for a greater sum, though, before they allow Ghoulam to depart – with the fact he is still under contract until 2022 giving them a slightly stronger negotiating position.


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