Crystal Palace are set to agree a deal for Watford midfielder Will Hughes as the squad overhaul under Patrick Vieira continues to gather pace.
According to The Sun, Palace are poised to agree a £10 million fee for the 26-year-old after he entered the final year of his current contract with the Hornets and refused to put pen to paper on fresh terms.
The report claims that £7m will be paid upfront, with the remaining figure arriving through add ons. It’s also stated that personal terms shouldn’t be an issue. The Eagles are planning to offer Hughes £60,000-a-week to secure his signature.
Hughes’ arrival at Selhurst Park will see the capital club end their pursuit of Huddersfield midfielder Lewis O’Brien, leaving fellow Premier League side Leeds United free to snap up the highly-rated youngster.
After making 118 appearances for Watford in all competitions following his arrival back in 2017, Hughes established himself as a fan favourite at Vicarage Road, and his impressive performances earned several plaudits.
Former Watford boss Javi Gracia was one of those to sing the ex-England Under-21 international’s praises, lauding him following a standout display on his return from injury.
“I’m not surprised,” Gracia said of Hughes’ comeback. “I think he did a very good job in the time he was on the pitch. He was very clever, made a very good assist, and took care of the ball. I think he was very good for us.
“He was out of the team for a long time because he was injured, but I did not need to stay with him long to know he is able to do different things for the team with high quality.”
Hughes’ arrival in south London will add to the other astute purchases made by Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish this summer.
The likes of Joachim Andersen, Marc Guehi and Conor Gallagher have provided significant strength to Vieira’s ranks following the departures of several experienced campaigners, meaning getting Hughes could be another masterstroke from the club’s hierarchy.