Xisco Munoz’s Watford side have had a bid rejected for Lewis Ferguson.
That’s according to a report by The Scottish Sun, who revealed that the Hornets have had a bid of £2m turned down for the 21-year-old Aberdeen central midfielder.
It is reported that Rangers are also keen on a summer move for the Scotland U21 international, while Xisco’s side are considering upping their original offer in a bid to get a deal over the line this summer.
However, the Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass has spoken out about Ferguson’s future at Pittodrie, claiming that any interested party are “going to need a lot of money to get him,” in addition to the fact that he doesn’t “need to convince Lewis to stay” due to how much the midfielder “loves it at the club.”
In what was a decent campaign for Aberdeen in the recently concluded season, with the Dons qualifying for a Europa League play-off spot via a fourth-place finish in the Scottish top flight, Ferguson was undoubtedly one of the club’s stars.
Over his 35 league appearances for Glass’ side, the £2.7m-rated centre mid scored nine goals, provided two assists and created three big chances, as well as making an average of 1.2 interceptions, 1.8 tackles and 0.9 key passes per game, culminating in a highly impressive average SofaScore match rating of 7.19 – ranking him as the club’s best performer in the Premiership.
And, with Xisco losing both Carlos Sanchez and Kane Crichlow as options in the middle of the park this summer, with both players coming to the end of their contracts at Vicarage Road, the position is one that Cristiano Giaretta will certainly be targeting in the transfer window ahead of the Hornets’ Premier League campaign next season.
As such, the news that Aberdeen have rejected the club’s advances for the £3k-per-week Ferguson – whom his former manager Derek McInnes dubbed an “outstanding” player – is likely to leave both Xisco and fans of the club gutted, as the midfielder would appear to be a very astute and cost-effective signing for Watford.
However, with it being reported that Giaretta is tempted into upping his last offer for the 21-year-old, perhaps there is still a chance Ferguson will be playing his football in Watford’s colours next season.