When Claudio Ranieri took over at Watford from Xisco, there was one man who was probably hoping it would bring a change for him: Imrân Louza.

The midfielder was bought by the Hornets from Nantes this summer for a fee of around £9m, and yet he’s only been used three times.

One of those was a Premier League start against Brighton & Hove Albion, but he was taken off at half time, while the other two came in the EFL Cup.

Left out of the match day squads against Newcastle and Leeds, the Watford signing was brought back into the fold by Ranieri, but has yet to play under him.

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Another player from Nantes they were looking at was Randal Kolo Muani, but the 22-year-old forward ended up staying with the Ligue 1 side, where he is thoroughly enjoying life under Antoine Kombouaré.

That being said, not only did Watford want to sign the striker, but Louza also did his best to convince him to join him at Vicarage Road.

This comes from the player himself, who was asked by So Foot about the interest from Eintrach Frankfurt in his services.

He said: “It’s not just them: if there’s Wolfsburg, Bayern Munich or even Freiburg who come knocking… England attracts me a lot too. They are the only leagues I watch. Imrân Louza was sending me messages: ‘Come, follow me’. But England, I won’t go now. One day, maybe, but I need to confirm myself in Ligue 1 first”.