Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Young is being heavily linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur, a transfer that would net Watford a much needed £1.5 million in the process.
The former Hornets star is being linked in a string of national papers with a staggering £20m move to White Hart Lane, with the winger proving those who recognised his potential at Vicarage Road all those years ago right.
Young left the club to join Aston Villa in January 2007, in a deal worth up to £9.5m. Part of that deal stated that Watford would be due 15 per cent of the sell-on fee should the Villains decide to sell the 25-year-old. That would mean the Hornets would receive £1,575,000 from the deal.
With finances tight at Vicarage Road, manager Malky Mackay would likely receive only a small portion of the cash injection, although any financial injection would help the former Norwich defender.
Mackay is rumoured to be chasing an experienced left back and a central midfielder and with only two weeks until the transfer window slams shut, he faces a race against time to bolster his squad.
The club have made just three signings during pre-season with several players going in the opposite direction. Troy Deeney, a £650,000 capture from Walsall, will need to provide enough support for Danny Graham to continue scoring the goals if he's to represent value for money at a club strapped for cash.
Although the Hornets have had an encouraging start to the new campaign, the squad is still paper-thin and one injury to a key player would have a major effect on the side, and a favour of sorts from a Watford old boy would be the perfect boost ahead of the meeting with Aidy Boothroyd's Coventry on Saturday.
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