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Watford in talks to sign Danny Welbeck

Watford are reportedly in talks to sign out-of-contract forward Danny Welbeck.

The England international is available on a free transfer after leaving Arsenal, having suffered a series of injury problems during his five-year stay at the Emirates.

The 28-year-old is now set to be handed a Premier League lifeline at Watford, with the Evening Standard reporting that the club have opened talks with Welbeck over a move to Vicarage Road.

Javi Gracia’s side are believed to have concerns over the former Manchester United forward’s ability to remain fit, with Welbeck having started just one Premier League game last season after undergoing two ankle operations for ligament damage.

Watford are hopeful Welbeck can reignite his career at the club, as he bids to play regular first-team football and regain his place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad ahead of next summer’s European Championships.

Welbeck is believed to be demanding a wage of £100,000-a-week, significantly more than current highest earner Troy Deeney, though Watford are likely to offer a lower basic wage with performance-related add-ons given his recent struggles with injury.

Crucially though, with Welbeck being without a club, a deal will still be able to be concluded after Thursday’s 5pm deadline.

See also – Five of the best free transfers in Premier League history