By Derek Smithson
Watford are eyeing a move for Liverpool attacker Lazar Markovic, according to a report.
The Times claim that the Hornets have expressed an interest in signing the 23-year-old this summer and that recently appointed manager Marco Silva is considering a swoop.
It is understood that the winger is deemed surplus to requirements at the Merseyside club, but it would take a sum of £20million to secure his signature in the transfer market.
The report details that Russian side Zenit Saint Petersburg and clubs in Portugal are also considering a move for the Serbia international.
Watford boss Silva worked with Markovic last year at Hull and is keen on a reunion with the player.
The wide man was sent on loan to Hull to experience regular first-team football in England and managed to show in glimpses why Liverpool originally paid £20million for him in 2014.
He chipped in with two goals in 14 appearances for the Tigers, but was unable to prevent their relegation from the Premier League.
Football Insider verdict:
Markovic struggled during his playing time at Anfield by scoring just three goals in 34 appearances for them. The wide man is unlikely to force his way back into contention in Jurgen Klopp’s side and should force a move away to reignite his career. He proved at Hull that he can make an impact in the Premier League and playing under Silva at Watford would be a smart move. However, the £20million asking price could be a major stumbling block as he is yet to justify that price anywhere during his career. Liverpool may need to lower their valuation considerably if they wish to sell on the Serbian and look set to lose profit on him as a result.
In other Liverpool transfer news, they have given an emphatic response to interest in Danny Ward.