FC Metz have their eyes set on signing Watford’s Imrân Louza in the winter market, as per Républicain Lorrain.

Watford manager Valérien Ismaël had regularly relied upon the midfielder in the first two months of this season, where he made 12 league appearances, managing a goal and two assists in the process.

The Morocco international’s situation changed in the last two months as he’s clocked 62 minutes from the last 12 matches.

Metz are ready to offer the 24-year-old an escape route this month as their leaders are ‘very interested’ in signing him.

It’s explained that the negotiations between the Ligue 1 side and the Hornets would be ‘well advanced’ for Louza’s transfer. Républicain Lorrain aren’t clear about the details of the operation but believe it could be a loan deal.

This report is backed up by Foot Mercato, who also state the French club are ‘currently negotiating’ with Watford.

Louza is experiencing ‘difficulty’ at Vicarage Road and could arrive at Metz this month on a loan deal.

His deal at Watford lasts until 2028 and there’s no mention if an option or obligation to buy would be included as part of the loan operation.