If Foot Mercato in France are to be believed, Watford are already hard at work trying to bolster Javi Gracia’s squad for next season, clearly looking to build on the relatively successful 2018-19 campaign.

Said to be after Strasbourg’s Kenny Lala, the Hornets are also looking at a midfielder in France: James Léa-Siliki.

The 22-year-old enjoyed a decent season last year despite being used sporadically by Julien Stéphan, making 34 appearances in all competitions, during which he managed to help teammates with four assists.

L’Equipe reported in their print edition that Porto were ready to offer €5m or so for the player’s services, and Foot Mercato have added later on Thursday that Watford have now entered the fray.

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According to the French website, the Hornets have ‘gotten closer’ to Léa-Siliki’s entourage ‘in recent hours’ in order to find out ‘the feasibility’ of a transfer this summer.

Down their end, Rennes made the young midfielder a renewal offer that has been on the table for a few weeks.

Whatever happens in the coming months, the midfielder wants to be somewhere he can play regularly, and it’ll be interesting to see if that’s something Watford can realistically offer him.