Watford are reportedly close to signing another player from a Lisbon club, this time from the green side of the city, and beating Wolves to the deal.
As reported by Portuguese newspapers Record and O Jogo on Wednesday, the club are in advanced talks with Sporting for the transfer of Marvin Zeegelaar. Wolves and Alaves are also credited with interest, but it seems Nuno Espirito Santo isn’t getting his man this time.
The left-back isn’t in Jorge Jesus’ plans for the season and has been training separately from the squad, as he waits for his departure to be sorted.
O Jogo claims that the only detail left for the deal to be done is the transfer format. It could be a loan with an obligatory option to buy or an immediate permanent transfer.
Record says that it should cost Watford around €3m, with other performance bonuses to be included in the deal. Zeegelaar had been recently linked to Hull City, and reportedly rejected a move to Norwich City in the winter market.
The Sporting board believes the deal with Watford is pretty much done, which pushes aside Wolves and others.