Watford set to make their move early in the transfer window

Watford are bidding to get players in “as soon as possible”, according to Walter Mazzarri who is eyeing the transfer window as the perfect chance to boost his depleted squad.

A raft of injuries and call ups to the African Cup of Nations has stretched the squad to breaking point and meant Watford’s key decision makers cannot afford to leave it until the last knockings to do their transfer business. The fact talks have already taken place with Henri Lansbury is a clear sign of the club’s desire to get a player in the door as soon as possible.

Mazzarri and technical director Filippo Giraldi
Mazzarri and technical director Filippo Giraldi

“The club knows the situation,” said Mazzarri. “We try to get some players in as soon as possible. It’s a very difficult market as we need to make sure we are not getting players in for a couple of months but for the future as well. The club knows what to do and we’ll do it as soon as possible.”

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Lansbury was left out of the Forest side to play Newcastle last night, but that was down to a hamstring problem and not just because he’s on the verge of leaving the City Ground. He’s not played since the beginning of the month and although it does not augur well that Watford may well be signing an injured player, he’s thought to be very close to a return to action.

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Another midfielder is also thought to be on Watford’s radar to cover for the season-ending injury to Roberto Pereyra. Genoa’s Ghana midfielder Isaac Cofie, who is out of contract in the summer, has been mentioned as one possible target, as has Yacine Brahimi, the Porto midfielder who the Pozzos had at Granada. However, the fact Brahimi will be on African Cup of Nations duty would probably rule out him joining this month. Inter Milan’s Geoffrey Kondogbia and Juventus’ Hernanes are others to have been linked.