Napoli have asked Watford to sanction a loan deal for Gerard Deulofeu, but face competition from Crystal Palace and Fulham for his signature.

The Spaniard is widely expected to leave Vicarage Road this summer following their relegation to the Championship.

A return to Italy has been heavily mooted, with him still well thought of in Serie A following a successful loan spell with AC Milan a few years ago.

Napoli have been named among his suitors, with a report three days ago claiming that Gennaro Gattuso has asked Aurelio de Laurentiis to sign the forward.

Calciomercato back that up today, saying that Napoli have been in contact with Watford, asking to take Deulofeu on loan with a right to redemption.

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That is an offer Watford are ‘waiting’ on; they would prefer to get rid of the player permanently but could consider a loan deal to ‘get rid’ of his high wages.

That pay packet has already seen a return to AC Milan ruled out, with his €3.5m a year considered too much for him to go back to the Rossonero.

Napoli, though, face competition from the Premier League in the shape of Crystal Palace and Fulham.

Calciomercato state that both clubs ‘like’ the Spaniard, although there’s no mention of whether they’ve been in touch or whether they’d be willing to match his wages.

A move for both makes plenty of sense, though.

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has openly admitted he wants another forward, although a striker is believed to be more of a priority.

Fulham, meanwhile, could do with all the extra firepower they can get as they look to avoid relegation this season and an experienced forward like Deulofeu would be a smart addition in that regard.

Ultimately, they could both trump Napoli by offering Watford the permanent move they want.