Flight booked: Tottenham target to fly to London to join rivals for £13m - report
By Dominic Toner
Watford will finalise a deal for Juventus midfielder Roberto Pereyra on Wednesday, according to a report.
Italian newspaper Tuttosport reported last month that Tottenham were keen to sign the 25-year-old, who had been slapped with a £16million price tag by his club.
Sky Sports Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed on his website that Pereyra will join Watford in the next few days in a deal worth £13.1million.
It is said that the player is currently defining the length of his contract at the Hertfordshire-based Premier League club.
The report details that he will fly to London on Wednesday to complete the final details of the transfer and link up with new Watford manager Walter Mazzarri.
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Pereyra originally joined on loan from Udinese in 2014 before Juventus opted to activate the option to buy him permanently at the end of his stay for £10million.
He was limited to just 16 appearances in all competitions last season due to injury and poor form and is contracted to Juventus until 2020.
The former River Plate star missed out on a spot in Argentina’s Copa America squad after initially making the preliminary squad.
West Ham were another English club who showed an interest in Pereyra this summer but Watford appear to have beaten off fierce competition to land the player.
Spurs did capture forward Vicent Janssen this summer who will share the forward load with Englishman Harry Kane.
Janssen, 22, was the top scorer in the Dutch League last season with a virtual goal-a-game haul of 27 goals in 34 games. In all competitions, he struck 32 times in 49 matches.
Spurs paid £18million for the former AZ Alkmaar striker and Mauricio Pochettino will have to wait and see whether he turns out to be a better option than Pereyra.
In other Tottenham transfer news, they are circling for a Premier League midfielder after he rejects an £80,000-a-week contract.