By Matt Farr
Watford have failed in their initial attempts to land Liverpool outcast Lazar Markovic, according to a report.
Football Whispers claim that Liverpool have emphatically rejected a bid worth £10million for the 23-year-old winger from their Premier League rivals.
Markovic has endured a torrid time since arriving on Merseyside from Benfica in a £20million deal in 2014, and has made just 34 appearances for the club in all competitions.
But he has failed to make a single appearance for the club during the last two seasons, having instead been shipped out on loan to Fenerbahce, Sporting Lisbon, and most recently, Hull City.
The 22-time Serbia international scored two goals from 14 appearances for Hull last season under then-boss Marco Silva, who is seeking a reunion with the winger after taking charge at Vicarage Road.
Watford are understood to have offered £8million up-front for the player, with a further £2million in add-ons, but their offer was not deemed acceptable by Liverpool.
The Times had claimed earlier this month, however, that Liverpool were holding out for as much as £20million for him this summer, despite deeming him surplus to requirements.
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His brief spell with Silva during the second-half of last season brought about some improvement in Markovic’s game, and a reunion with the Portuguese at Watford could be a wise move. Markovic already found himself on the fringes of the first-team setup at Anfield, but the confirmed arrival of winger Mohamed Salah will surely see his chances of regular first-team action all but written off. The finances of the deal, however, don’t quite seem right. Even though no reason has been given as to Liverpool’s decision to reject Watford’s offer, it is likely that the Reds are hoping to recoup a little more of what they initially paid for him.
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