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Capoue will welcome Watford target Townsend with “open arms”

The disappointment for Etienne Capoue that his big mate Emmanuel Adebayor will not be joining him at Watford could be offset by the arrival of Andros Townsend, another of his former teammates at Tottenham Hotspur.

Watford hold a serious interest in Townsend after they recalibrated the profile of their targets, opting instead to capitalise on their position of strength and recruit players for next season and the long term. They no longer need players to just help keep them in the division.

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Townsend has not played in the Premier League since Tottenham’s goalless draw with Liverpool in October and it is no secret he is available for transfer. He has two-and-a-half years left on his White Hart Lane contract.

“I know Andros,” said Capoue when asked by WD Sport yesterday. “He is a very good player but he does not get a chance with this coach [Mauricio Pochettino]. I’m disappointed for him because he’s a hard worker and he’s a good winger. I like this player. If he wants to come, I will open my arms, no problem.”

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Townsend did not win any friends during his previous loan spell at Watford, a one-month spell in 2011, so Quique Sanchez Flores will, if an offer is accepted, want to meet the winger to check out his character. The head coach, and chief executive Scott Duxbury, did not like the cut of Juan Manuel Iturbe’s jib when they met him on Monday.

“If Watford say you don’t have guarantees [to play], then they say the truth because we are a very good team and it is difficult to play [every game] now,” Capoue said. “It’s football, we are in the Premier League. Any place is not guaranteed and we need to show what we can do.”

*Additional reporting by David Anderson