Even with Daryl Janmaat and Kiko Femenía already at the club, there’s a feeling Watford could do with a bit more depth in the full-back role.
The Dutchman’s serious injury left the club rather short back in November, leaving Nigel Pearson with little choice but to play either Craig Dawson or Adrian Mariappa when the Spaniard was also for a handful of games, and it appears the Premier League side are keen to ensure that doesn’t happen again.
That’s why they’ve turned their attention to Stade Rennais’ Hamari Traoré, who was a near ever-present feature with the Ligue 1 club this season and is out of contract next summer.
Should he refuse to renew with his current side, they would have little choice but to sell him, with Watford among the interested parties.
L’Equipe have a report on Tuesday explaining Paris Saint-Germain, Real Betis, Real Valladolid and the Hornets have all ‘already started the first exchanges with the right-back’s entourage’.
However, Rennes haven’t given up hope on him renewing, and talks, which had been interrupted for a number of weeks, have ‘recently been rekindled’ regarding a new contract in the north of France.
That means Watford, if they truly want Traoré, could need to move relatively quickly to get their man, especially if they want to see off such competition.