Spanish club Valencia are said to be still targeting a move for Watford’s Etienne Capoue come January, with AS reporting that the La Liga side aren’t giving up on signing the Frenchman that they just missed out on getting in the summer.
Capoue had been widely expected to depart Vicarage Road last summer following the club’s relegation from the Premier League, however the 32-year-old has stayed put following the appointment of Vladimir Ivic, subsequently playing eight times in the Championship for the Hornets this season.
With Valencia having brought in Capoue’s former Watford boss Javi Gracia to the football club earlier this year and having sanctioned the sale of key midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia to Atlético Madrid back in November, Los Murciélagos are in need of a new man in the centre of the park.
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Having previously signed for the club back in 2015 from Tottenham Hotspur, the French ball winner has gone onto make over 170 appearances for the club and currently has two years remaining on his current deal with the second tier side.
I would like to think that Watford will consider cashing in on Capoue in January if the price is right – he is likely to be one of their higher earners and would help to free up funds for Ivic if he were to depart.
Valencia would be appealing move for a player of his age, whilst the opportunity to link up with Gracia again would surely be a major pull.
The money brought in by the sale of the midfielder could either be reinvested into strengthening the current squad or invested into other areas of the club – meaning it could be a win-win situation for the Hornets.
In short, I don’t see Capoue staying put at Watford past January as realistically speaking he should be playing at a much higher level than he is at present.