Watford enters talks to sign Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko as Hornets hunt for replacement for Will Hughes, who will go to Crystal Palace for £10million
- Watford is in negotiations with Tottenham Hotspur for midfielder Moussa Sissoko .
- Spurs are desperate to fire the 32-year-old Frenchman – but not at large
- The Hornets want to sign a replacement for outgoing midfielder Will Hughes
- The Englishman will join Crystal Palace for £10m in the coming days
Watford has entered into talks with Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko after agreeing to sell Will Hughes to Crystal Palace for £10million.
The 32-year-old Sissoko has a two-year contract left but is looking for a new challenge as he realizes he will have limited playing time under Nuno Espírito Santo as the Portuguese takes charge of a reformed side.
The Tottenham boss hopes to make new signings but the club have been turned down in their bid to sign Wolves’ Adama Traore. After Molineux’s club rejected Spurs’ £5million loan in view of a permanent deal, the club have reiterated that the winger is not for sale and that he can now sign a new contract.
Watford has opened talks to sign Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko this summer
The Hornets are looking for a replacement for Will Hughes who will join Crystal Palace for £10 million
Tottenham are still looking to streamline their roster, particularly of non-homegrown players, although they are reluctant to release Sissoko.
Watford has considered a number of defensive midfielders, including Rangers’ Glen Kamara and Celta Vigo’s Okan Yokuslu, but is now talking to Spurs to see if a deal can be struck for Sissoko.
Hughes is close to completing his move to Palace after a £10million deal was agreed between the clubs. Palace is said to have offered £6million plus extras for the 26-year-old who turned down the offer of a new contract and was also interested in Burnley.
Spurs are desperate to let Sissoko go but won’t let him leave for free
Hughes could still be followed out of the Vicarage Road exit by Captain Troy Deeney. The 33-year-old is considering his options after 11 seasons at Watford.
Deeney has made two appearances as a substitute this season and is wary of cutting playing time.
Watford, who has sold Isaac Success to sister club Udinese, will review all offers for Deeney in the coming days.
Palace, meanwhile, remains enthusiastic about Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah and Reiss Nelson. Red Bull Leipzig’s Ademola Lookman is also being considered.