Watford started the season in electric fashion under summer appointed boss Marco Silva, but the Hornets have hit a serious bump in the road in recent months, winning just one of their past ten Premier League encounters.
Fans here in The Transfer Tavern are disappointed in their side in recent weeks, but remain committed to Silva, who needs time before he can transform the Vicarage Road side into a consistent Premier League side. Our landlord sat down with fans to chat January transfer targets, with the lads from Hertfordshire keen to see Silva move in the window to ensure the Hornets finish in the top half this term. It appears their wishes may be answered, with The Daily Star reporting that out of favour Leicester City striker Islam Slimani is at the top of the Portuguese boss’ wishlist this month.
Silva worked alongside Slimani at Sporting Lisbon, and is keen to be reunited with the Algerian international this month. The Daily Star reports that the player is unhappy at being substituted early into the second half of the Foxes FA Cup replay win over Fleetwood Town, and could be keen for a move this month.
Landlord’s Verdict: Leicester forked out close to £30 million to bring Slimani to the King Power Stadium, but it appears the Algerian’s time in the East Midlands has come to an end. However Silva looks ready to hand him an opportunity to prove his Premier League worth, and the player could still shine in the English top flight.
Having worked together before, Silva could be the man to draw the best from the player, who is an undisputed goalscorer, but Leicester will demand a significant fee to acquire his services. Silva must hope that the Foxes are willing to take a significant hit on their investment if he wishes to secure the player’s services on a permanent basis this month.
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