Championship side Bournemouth have approached Premier League new boys Watford regarding the possibility of bringing Domingos Quina to the Vitality Stadium, according to the Watford Observer.
The 21-year-old first arrived from West Ham United for a £1m fee back in 2018 having failed to make a single senior appearance at the London Stadium, although he had been a regular in the Hammers’ youth setup and joined the Hornets as an exciting prospect.
But despite making his professional debut for the Hertfordshire side and making the odd appearance at Vicarage Road, other players ahead of him in the pecking order have limited his playing time since his arrival.
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This has meant the Portuguese man has only made 37 appearances for Xisco’s side during his three seasons at the club – and his pitch time looks to be limited once again after they secured promotion to the Premier League in April.
He was left out of the Hornets’ matchday squad in last weekend’s 3-2 victory against Aston Villa, only going on to increase speculation about his future and the advanced midfielder is said to be ‘assessing his options’ ahead of a potential departure, despite previously preferring to fight for his place in the top flight.
Scott Parker’s Bournemouth are one side to have made contact about the possibility of bringing him to the south coast, although clubs in Spain and Portugal are also reported to be monitoring his situation in England.
And as per the same Watford Observer report, a permanent move as opposed to a temporary deal is the more likely outcome at this stage.
Although a permanent deal could prove to be expensive for the Cherries, Quina’s contract expires next summer and this could allow them to strike a cheaper deal than they otherwise would if he had more time left on his existing terms.
They have also spent next to nothing in the transfer window so far, taking Leif Davis on loan from Leeds United and recruiting Emiliano Marcondes and Orjan Nyland on free transfers.
This could allow Parker to splash the cash on Quina if a permanent deal is the only option on the table, but they may have held back spending a lot of money to comply with EFL profit and sustainability rules whilst keeping hold of some of their most treasured assets.
If only agreeing a temporary deal for the 21-year-old allows the likes of Arnaut Danjuma and David Brooks to remain at the club, it’s an option they should take and we can’t forget that Bournemouth may want to recruit in other areas too before the window closes.
Fair play to Scott Parker, they seem to have coped with their injury crisis reasonably well, but adding more depth can’t do any harm and this could be the key to winning promotion back to the Premier League.
Quina is the sort of player who can play a role in that and bring a winning mentality after getting to the top flight with Watford just a few months ago.