Watford are interested in a move for Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina and recently saw a swap proposal rejected by the Saints.

That’s according to, who say Lemina has ‘entered the radar’ of Watford owners, the Pozzo family, who also run Udinese.

They report that after returning from a loan spell at Fulham, Lemina is on the sales list at Southampton, who are ‘willing to deprive’ themselves of the midfielder.

Watford are interested, and an attempt has been made to swap the former Juventus man for an unnamed player from the newly-promoted Premier League side.

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That was rejected by Southampton, and it remains to be seen if there will be other offers to try and make a deal happen.

Southampton are willing to let Lemina go, but there is no mention of what deal they want, or whether it was simply the Watford player offered that they weren’t interested in.

Either way, the Pozzo family are keen, and there’s even a suggestion they could buy him through Watford and then transfer him to Udinese.

We’re not sure why they’d do that, presumably as some way of working around the financial issues involved, as they have done on more than one occasion in the past.