Watford are on the verge of completing a move for Udinese defender William Troost-Ekong, with the player’s departure ‘certain’.
That’s what Gazzetta Dello Sport report today, providing coverage of what is very much a Pozzo special in the transfer window.
As you’ll be aware, they own both clubs and so transfers between the two are a common occurrence when the window rolls around.
There’s an ever-growing list of players to have gone to Watford from Udinese, and vice versa, and the defender, who is ‘no longer considered’ important at the Italian club is set to make the switch to Vicarage Road to ‘reinforce the other Pozzo club’.
So certain is the move that he is set to gather his friends tomorrow for a goodbye before heading to England.
While he is heading to Watford, another is heading out, with Il Messaggero Veneto reporting that young striker Filip Stuparevic will be going the other way.
He arrived in Udine from London yesterday, after Watford made it clear there was ‘no room’ for him in their plans.
That’s led him to head to the Pozzo’s Italian outlet, although it’s unknown yet whether he’s arriving for a trial or as a full transfer as he’s ‘anything but a ready player’.
Signing him and putting him in the squad would fill the club’s remaining non-EU slot, which in turn would close the door to a return for Roberto Pereyra from Watford.
Another slot could be opened up should Stefano Okaka head to Turkey, with Gazzetta reporting that Fenerbahce are keen on him and he’s ‘seriously thinking’ about the switch.
Should that happen, though, the slot would be taken up by Watford’s Ignacio Pussetto, whose return to his former club ‘would be ready’ in the event of Okaka’s departure.