Normally, only playing 101 minutes of football for your club wouldn’t get you linked with a move to the Premier League, especially at 19 years of age, but Hamza Mendyl is a bit of an exception, with Watford reportedly keen on his services, according to FootMercato.
Despite still waiting to make his full league debut for Lille in France, the young defender already has nine caps for Morocco, for whom he played through the African Cup of Nations this year as a left wing-back.
A full-back by trade, Mendyl is considered a big talent in his home country, and Lille are fully aware of this, meaning Walter Mazzarri might find it rather difficult to convince the French side to part with their young prodigy.
Furthermore, Watford will face some competition for the left-back, with Lyon also said to be interested in the the player’s profile, with the Ligue 1 side always looking to add some quality youngsters to their team.
Adding yet another exciting international to a team that could see the likes of Adalberto Peñaranda and Isaac Success start on a regular basis should be enough to excite Watford fans.
But with the new project in place at Lille, and money not exactly a problem anymore, they might have to spend more than expected if they are to land Mendyl.
Considering the amounts they spent on the aforementioned two youngsters, that wouldn’t be a problem.