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9th Jun, 2016 | 6:12pm

West Ham and Tottenham hit by blow as new favourites emerge in playmaker race - report

By Harvey Byrne

Watford leading the race to sign Tottenham and West Ham target Roberto Pereyra, according to a report.

Sky Italia claim that the Hertfordshire club are leading the charge for the Argentina international.

Juventus are reportedly looking to sell the 25-year-old as the Italian side look to raise money for the signing of Roma sensation Miralem Pjanic.

Italian publication Tuttosport claimed on Wednesday Zenit St Petersburg appeared to be in the driving seat, but this no longer seems to be the case judging by the reliable Sky Italia’s update.

The 25-year-old was limited to just 16 appearances in all competitions this season due to injury and poor form.

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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.

It was reported by Tuttosport earlier this week that West Ham were hopeful they could secure his services after Roma rejected Juventus’ approach to offer Pereyra in part exchange for Pjanic.

Spurs had also been mentioned as the favourites at one stage with Pereyra said to favour Champions League football.

However Watford now look set to lead the race with Juve wanting around £10.25million for his signature and it has been suggested that the Hornets are ready to stump up the cash.

Although it is believed that Pereyra is happy at the club and would resist any move from Juventus to usher him out the door.

In other West Ham news, the club are keeping tabs on a Barcelona star.