Taking over from Xisco midway through the first half of the season, Claudio Ranieri has had a tough time trying to turn things around at Watford.

Their most recent result was a 2-1 loss away to Brentford FC, which has left the Hornets in 17th, two points above Burnley who have a game in hand.

That being said, Watford do have two games in hand on Leeds United, who are just three points ahead of them.

With a tough second half of the season ahead, it would make sense for the Pozzo family to give Ranieri a few more tools to work with at Vicarage Road going forward, and the Italian manager appears to have handpicked two names.

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That comes from TuttoMercatoWeb, who explain that Sampdoria have ‘two players long liked at Watford’, with those being Omar Colley and Morten Thorsby.

The latter had seen ‘important proposals from London rejected’ last summer, but ‘the situation, now with Ranieri on the bench, could change by increasing the pressure’ on the Serie A side, where the 70-year-old was previously in charge.

Down their end, Sampdoria ‘want to make money on the market and it cannot be ruled out that at least one valuable piece may leave’.

Whether it’s Colley, Thorsby or both, however, remains to be seen.