Relegation-threatened Watford are reportedly in talks with Ligue 1 side OGC Nice regarding a move for Ivory Coast international Hassane Kamara.
According to Foot Mercato, Premier League side Watford are involved in talks with Ligue 1 outfit OGC Nice regarding a move for 27-year-old Ivorian defender Hassane Kamara.
The 27-year-old is one of Nice’s best players and has seen his reputation soar since moving to the club in 2020. He has since made 53 appearances for Nice in all competitions, scoring thrice and assisting two more.
Capable of playing anywhere along the left flank, his experience and versatility will be a bonus to Claudio Ranieri’s side. Watford have been after the player for some time and had earlier kept tabs on him during his stay at another Ligue 1 club in Stade de Reims.
Kamara is far from a regular at the Allianz Riviera and has competed with Melvin Bard for the starting left-back spot. A move to Vicarage Road could see him entrusted with a bigger role as the Hornets look to fight their way out of the relegation dogfight.
Adam Masina and Danny Rose are not the most reliable players to have as your left-back, especially when defensive solidity is needed. The latter, in particular, has looked out of form and out of shape. He is more often a liability rather than an asset.
Adding Kamara into the fray will give Watford a player who is an upgrade over what they have right now. More so, his ability to also play in midfield will aid him in making attacking forays. The 27-year-old can also play as a centre back or a right-back if needed.
All does not appear to be well for Kamara at Nice. He was ominously absent from recent matchday squads, and manager Christophe Galtier failed to give anything away regarding his status. Watford are ready to pounce on the opportunity and are already involved in negotiations with Nice regarding a switch.
A good passer who is also solid in his defensive play, Kamara will add much to the Watford side that is currently struggling in the 17th spot in the Premier League. The Hornets have games in hand over the likes of Leeds United, who are ahead of them at this moment.
With the influx of postponed games to hit them in the upcoming months, Ranieri will need strength in depth to navigate a busy schedule. Adding Kamara will certainly hand the Hornets more options, making it easier to rotate the squad without compromising the quality. Meanwhile, Watford have also been heavily linked with another left-back in Arsenal’s Sead Kolasinac.
However, the Hornets do not appear to be the only club in the fray, with Barcelona surprisingly linked with him as well. Whether Watford will eventually end up landing their man remains to be seen.