Watford opted against reviving their winter interest in Matt Phillips, the Queens Park Rangers winger who is on the verge of signing for West Bromwich Albion this summer.
The Hornets had a deal verbally agreed with QPR and Phillips in January as the recruitment team felt Quique Sanchez Flores’ narrow team was crying out for width. Talks with Jefferson Montero also reached an advanced stage in January.
But Sanchez Flores vetoed the double swoop, recommending instead the club sign Nordin Amrabat for a club record fee. Amrabat started just four league games after joining from Malaga, one of those coming at Upton Park where he was sent off. The other signing Sanchez Flores pushed for, Mario Suarez, made eight starts.
The form of Steven Berghuis for Holland this summer has meant the signing of a left-sided winger is now not as acute but a right-sided wide-man, capable of providing service for Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo, could still be sought, despite the arrival of Jerome Sinclair, 19. Phillips, 25, is reported to be at West Brom’s training ground today ahead of completing a £5million move.