Known to pick up the odd talent here and there to develop and then sell on, Watford are widening their net outside of Europe and South America, if Foot Afrique are to be believed.
According to the website, the Hornets have started looking in Algeria, more specifically at one of the clubs in Ligue 1 Mobilis: Paradou Athletic Club.
With players such as Youcef Atal and Ramy Bensebaini starting their careers there, the young club (founded un 1994) is quickly gaining a reputation for producing exciting talent, normally picked up by French clubs.
However, it appears Watford want to skip a step by going straight to the source.
The three standout players mentioned in the article are Hichem Boudaoui (currently with the Algeria international team for AFCON), Zakaria Naïdji (who topped the goalscoring charts in the league with 20 goals) and full-back Haithem Loucif.
Foot Afrique state it’s Gino Pozzo who has directly taken an interest in Paradou AC’s academy and the owner is expected to send someone to try and enrol one or two youngsters to then develop and sell for a profit down the line.
It’s a random bit of news, but an entirely plausible one, considering the type of business Watford have conducted in the past.