Watford are not even contemplating making what would have represented one of their most unlikeliest ever transfers by signing Anthony Knockaert this summer.
The Sun this morning linked the Hornets with a £5m move for the man who went down so theatrically to win a penalty at Vicarage Road in 2013 and then, famously, saw his spot-kick saved by Manuel Almunia in the most dramatic match witnessed at Watford’s famous home.
Knockaert recovered from that career low to help fire Leicester City to the Premier League the following season but he played just half a season in the top flight before leaving to join Standard Liege on a free. After six months in Belgium, he moved to Brighton in January and is now being linked with a third move in a year.
Watford, we are told, hold no interest whatsoever in the 24-year-old and their transfer dealings in January – Costel Pantilimon, Mario Suarez, Nordin Amrabat, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Adalberto Penaranda – would suggest they are shopping for a much higher calibre of player these days.