Over the January transfer window, there were many reports that Watford were interested in James Léa-Siliki, currently at Rennes.

The midfielder was said to be on the Hornets’ list of recruits they wanted to bolster their squad, but a move never materialised.

That didn’t stop Watford from getting promoted back to the Premier League, and they have since already undergone a lot of changes to prepare for what is expected to be a tough season for them going forward.

Léa-Siliki has yet to be involved in this revamp, and L’Equipe on Friday reveal why.

Valencia are currently interested in signing the Rennes box to box midfielder, with Getafe also among in the mix, meaning that, as things stand, his future looks set to lie in Spain.

That’s ‘barring a U-turn’, as they put it, because Watford, while ‘very pressing last winter, haven’t closed the case but have asked’ the French club for ‘a delay’, most likely as they focus on other targets first.

They might not want to dally too long, however, because there appears to be a risk of them missing out entirely.