Watford favourites in January race for Italy international

Watford are favourites to sign Juventus striker Simon Zaza in the January transfer window, according to reports from the Mirror.

Zaza was heavily linked with a move away from the Juventus Stadium during the summer, with Premier League challengers Arsenal previously keen on the Italy international.

The 24-year-old decided to stay with the Serie A champions following his loan with Sassuolo last term, but Zaza has struggled for regular playing time with the likes of Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic, and Alvaro Morata ahead of him in the pecking order.

His agent has therefore offered his services to other English clubs such as West Ham United and Stoke City, but Watford have shown the most interest and will consider a loan deal with a £3.5million option to make the move permanent.

However, a move for Zaza to Vicarage Road will also see him compete with Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo for a starting place, with both strikers in fine form this season.