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Watford are among the clubs plotting a summer move for Queens Park Rangers star Ilias Chair, according to the Athletic.
The 23-year-old has enjoyed an excellent season under Mark Warburton in which he’s scored eight goals and provided four assists in 45 appearances for the Hoops.
It’s claimed that the Hornets are assessing the a move, while Anderlecht and Club Brugge in Belgium, and Bologna and Genoa in Italy are also keen.
So would a move to the Premier League with Watford be the right step for the player?
The team at FLW have their say…
This would be a smart signing by Watford.
Chair has shown that he’s more than capable of performing to a good enough standard in the Championship, and he could be worth a punt for the Hornets now they’re in the Premier League.
Chair seems content with life at QPR, but you couldn’t blame the midfielder for potentially being tempted with a move to the top-flight this summer.
I’m not sure he’d be a regular starter for Xisco Munoz’s side at this moment in time, but on a rotational basis, he’d be a strong addition to their team.
It’ll be interesting to see whether any potential deal is dependent on whether Ismaila Sarr is sticking around at Vicarage Road or not in the coming months.
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Chair has definitely proven himself to be a more-than adequate replacement for Ebere Eze at Loftus Road this season – but is he Premier League quality? I’m not sure.
We all know what Watford’s scouting network is like and they tend to bring in players from around the globe to strengthen their squad but they’re not afraid to take talent from British clubs as well.
Chair can play in a variety of different positions – as an attacking midfielder, a winger or even deeper in midfield – and that could attract Watford to his signature.
But I think the Hornets are far more likely to bring someone in from further afield in Europe – plus QPR would probably want a high seven-figure fee for Chair and I’m not sure he would make the step up to the top flight.
I think you’ve got to say that Watford need to evolve their squad in the transfer window, even on the back of winning promotion to the Premier League.
There’s plenty of attacking talent already in the Watford squad, but you can see why there’s also an interest in someone like Chair.
He’s been impressive at Queens Park Rangers over the years, with his 12 goal involvements this season standing out.
I would, though, question whether he’s ready to have the impact in the Premier League his former teammate, Eberechi Eze, is having at Crystal Palace. I actually think Chair is another 12 months off that, so that’s something Watford should consider.
If you pressed me, though, I’d say it was a positive transfer for the Hornets to chase. They’ve certainly made worse decisions in the past.