Watford are “really close” to signing Mario Suarez, may still look to add a striker if the right deal presents itself before Monday and remain an admirer of Jerome Sinclair.
Chief Scott Duxbury drove into the training ground just after 10am this morning and he will finalise the agreement to sign Suarez after he brokered the deal to land him from Fiorentina, beating off a late bid from Valencia. As we exclusively revealed yesterday, Watford signalled their intent to get Suarez by flying him and his wife over on a private jet and putting him up overnight in a Hertfordshire hotel.
He will undergo a two-part medical and should agree what is expected to be a three-and-a-half year deal.
“It is close but not finished,” said Quique Sanchez Flores whose previous working relationship with the player at Atletico Madrid played a huge part in him choosing Watford over Liverpool, West Bromwich Albion and Valencia. “We don’t have official notice that it’s done… but this is the kind of quality we need. He’s a good experienced player in this position.”
Suarez could be joined at Vicarage Road by Sinclair but it is, we are told, not a deal the club are falling over themselves to complete. The 19-year-old, who is a free agent in the summer, would only arrive at the right price and would be one, like Steven Berghuis and Obbi Oulare, for the longer term. Sinclair’s agent, Aidy Ward, is, we believe, very much driving this one.
“He is the kind of player we like for Watford,” said the head coach. “He is younger and has qualities, like skill and pace, we need.”
One winger who turned down the chance to come to Watford, opting instead to sign a five-and-a-half-year deal at Newcastle that, we understand, contains various release clauses is Andros Townsend. Watford matched Newcastle’s bid for the England winger, met the player at least twice and were confident he was their preferred option.
“It’s football,” said Sanchez Flores. “Since the beginning it was very difficult [to sign him]. The idea of Tottenham was to sell but he’s very expensive. It was an option for us but we need to think about every transfer very well.”
The head coach is confident the versatility of club record signing Nordin Amrabat, who can play out wide or centrally, means they can bide their time and pursue another high-class attacking option in the summer. The club would, however, be prepared to swoop if one of their targets unexpectedly become available between now and Monday.
“Maybe,” said the head coach when asked about the likelihood of one more new face this month. “The last three or four days anything is possible. However, if it is not the right player, we will wait for summer.”