Hornets close to approving Lyanco transfer

Watford are in advanced talks with Torino about an agreement with the Brazilian midfielder Lyanco, who has played in Italy since 2017 and started 21 matches in Serie A last season.

90min understands that a deal for a transfer that will be worth over £ 7m is now close and Torino are considering possible replacements for the 24-year-old.

Lyanco started 21 times last season / Jonathan Moscrop / Getty Images

Lyanco started his career in the youth ranks at the famous Rio de Janeiro club Botafogo, before moving to Sao Paulo where he made his senior breakthrough as a teenager in 2015.

He stands to be Watford’s ninth major signing of a hectic summer following promotion back to the Premier League and will strengthen a group of midfielders who already include Christian Kabasele, William Troost-Ekong, Craig Cathcart and Francisco Sierralta.

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Torino’s search for a replacement has led them to Scotland’s international Jack Hendry, who completed a permanent move to Belgian club Ostend for less than £ 2m earlier this summer.

Hendry managed to revive his career in Ostend after a failed time at Celtic and has received Premier League interest from a handful of clubs due to his form.

The expectation has long been that Ostend, after negotiating a relatively small purchase option when they agreed on the original loan agreement with Celtic, would quickly make money if a bid comes.

90 minutes can reveal that Hendry has a clause for low emissions below 5 million pounds, which can be attractive for Torino. Brighton, Southampton, Sheffield United and Rangers are all also in the mix for him.

Another potential option that Torino is considering is Tottenham’s Cameron Carter-Vickers. The 23-year-old American international has spent the past four years on loan at various championship clubs but was once again involved in his parent club during the pre-season.

Bournemouth, who had him on loan last season, Newcastle, Fulham and Celtic are all interested in Carter-Vickers except Torino.

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