Sources close to Watford FC are reporting that the hornets are no longer considering a move for Saido Berahino.
Hornets cool off interest in striker
The England U-21 international, who plays his club football for West Bromwich Albion turned down a new contract at The Hawthorns earlier this week. Berahino is keen on a move away from the baggies after only netting 7 times in 35 appearances having not featured in the Premier League for Tony Pulis team from November through to January.
Too many forward options?
Watford’s new head coach Walter Mazzarri is said to have been assessing his options in the forward department throughout pre-season. It is perhaps unsurprising that the interest in Berahino has been stalled when a number of factors are considered.
Having inspirational club captain Troy Deeney sign a new five-year contract at Vicarage Road is a massive plus. The decision of last season’s top scorer Odion Ighalo to turn down a big money move to China is arguably even bigger. When you add in record signing Issac Success, bright prospect from Liverpool Jerome Sinclair along with Matej Vydra and Obbi Oulare there doesn’t seem room for one more.
A player low on confidence
When you think of Jeremy Peace’s unrealistic valuation of upwards of £20million for a player who is so unhappy and so low on confidence, a fact no better illustrated than when he missed two penalties in a 1-0 loss to Watford in April, it is easy to be put off.
What will happen to the undoubtedly talented young forward is anybody’s guess. The only certainty is that the best of him will not be seen at The Hawthorns. If he has any hope of catching the eye of the new England coach, then surely his future lies elsewhrere.
As for Watford, they are in a strong position to move on from these rumours and building a team capable of reaching or bettering the heights of last term.