Watford have been handed a huge boost in their bid to bring Lewis Ferguson to Vicarage Road this summer.
That’s according to a report by the Daily Record, who claim that the 21-year-old has stunned Aberdeen by handing in a transfer request shortly after the club rejected a Watford bid for Ferguson – something which the midfielder’s agent Bill McMurdo claimed was disappointing.
McMurdo said: “I can confirm that Lewis has handed in a written transfer request to Aberdeen. When he signed the extension to his contract, he made it clear that he saw his future in the English Premier League.
“An English Premier League club has now made an offer, which has been rejected, but the club involved haven’t been given an asking price, which is disappointing.”
The news that Ferguson has informed Aberdeen of his desire to move to Watford is something that will have left Cristiano Giartetta delighted, as the transfer request very much forces the Scottish Premiership side’s hand in moving the player on this summer.
Indeed, the development is also sure to have Xisco Munoz buzzing, as the Scotland U21 international would very much appear to be a fine addition to the Spaniard’s midfield ahead of their Premier League campaign next season.
Over the £2.7m-rated central midfielder’s 35 league appearances for Stephen Glass’ side this term, he 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 an average SofaScore match rating of 7.19 – ranking him as the club’s best performer in the Scottish top flight.
However, at present, Aberdeen appear to be firmly against the idea of letting Ferguson leave Pittodrie this summer, with the club issuing a statement suggesting that Watford’s original offer for the 21-year-old was “insulting,” before going on to claim that the £3k-per-week man remains an “integral part of Stephen Glass’s squad.”
Although, as is typically the case when players demand a transfer, a move to Watford would now appear imminent for the midfielder whom Derek McInnes dubbed “outstanding,” with it simply being a matter of Giaretta negotiating a reasonable price with Aberdeen in order to get the deal over the line.