Newcastle United’s Christian Atsu could be set to secure a move to Championship side Watford before the domestic transfer window closes on October 16th.
Watford have been one of the clubs linked with a potential late move for Atsu this window, alongside fellow Championship side Nottingham Forest, and it now appears as though the Hornets could make a move for him in time to meet the domestic transfer deadline, according to The Athletic’s Adam Leventhal.
The Ghanaian is entering the final year of his contract at St James’ Park, but he is currently sidelined through injury and that could potentially mean Watford wait until late in the domestic window to make their move for the 28-year-old, as per Leventhal’s Tweet.
Atsu is well down the pecking order at Newcastle with the versatile 28-year-old, who can play in both the wide positions and attacking midfield, having only managed to make 19 Premier League appearances last term for the Magpies, as per Transfermarkt.
The Ghana international has been something of a bit-part player in the top-flight at Newcastle, never really fully establishing himself in their starting line-up, although he did play a key role in the Magpies’ promotion-winning season in 2016/17 registering five goals and three assists in 32 appearances that campaign (via Transfermarkt).
It does seem inevitable that Atsu will leave St James’ Park and he is one of the players that they should be looking to offload to free up their wage bill ahead of the January window. Whilst never a prolific player for the Magpies, he has always been there when needed and done a job for the side, so he will probably depart with the best wishes of Newcastle fans.
He could be a very good pick up for the Championship club, having averaged 0.8 shots per game in the 2016/17 season and also making one tackle per game that year for Newcastle, as well as getting plenty of goals and assists at that level (via Sofascore). If he could get back to full fitness, he would have a lot to offer for Watford.
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