Having lost to Watford 2-1 in a pre-season friendly on Saturday afternoon, it looks like Tottenham are interested in a player currently on the Hornets’ books.
According to The Daily Mirror, Jose Mourinho’s side are considering a rather surprising £13m move for midfielder Will Hughes, who didn’t feature in the friendly clash yesterday.
Following Watford’s relegation to the Championship on the final day of the league season, it’s inevitable that some of their first-team players may find themselves heading out the exit door in this transfer window.
And The Daily Mirror claims that Spurs see Hughes in particular as a good option because of his versatility in midfield, and that he would boost the club’s homegrown quota too.
His teammate at Watford, Adrian Mariappa, waxed lyrical about the 25-year-old’s abilities. He said: “He’s an outstanding player. To see his quality he’s got, he has so much flair and a terrific player.”
Earning just £30k-per-week, Hughes seems like the kind of cost-effective buy that Daniel Levy would surely be interested in, and if Mourinho looks to the midfielder’s performance against Spurs back in September 2018, he’ll realise that he’ll have a very good player on his hands.
Back in Watford’s 2-1 at Vicarage Road a couple of years ago, Hughes completely dominated Mousa Dembele, making three interceptions, two tackles, winning five duels and three free-kicks, and providing one key pass – the former Spurs midfielder on the other hand lost possession 12 times, had no shots, no key passes and won just one duel.
Hughes could be a real shrewd signing given the financial situation facing clubs.