Despite the news making the rounds about interest in Emmanuel Dennis from a number of Premier League clubs, there have been no moves made and Watford are reportedly worried about the issue.
The Hornets are preparing for life in the Championship after failing to assert their status in the Premier League last season. Emmanuel Dennis scored ten and assisted six, which made up for 50 per cent of the total goals scored by the club in the league.
They are hoping to cash in on his notoriety and secure £20 million for his services to rebuild their squad for the Championship. There has been reported interest from West Ham United, Leeds United, and Aston Villa, with Newcastle United reportedly in the mix. However, none of the reported interested parties have come forward to sign the former Club Brugge striker.
Dennis is also keen on leaving but with pre-season approaching and a lack of activity concerning his transfer, the club are getting worried. It is the same with Senegal international Ismaila Sarr, who, with Dennis, is the club's most sellable asset.
West Ham have been linked the most to Dennis and it is understood that they are plotting a bid in the region of £18 million, plus £2 million in add-ons for his signature. However, they have received a note of warning from Anthony Simmonds, an insider at Watford.
Simmonds claimed that Dennis is prone to not taking his job seriously and that he will not be an upgrade to any player at the London Stadium currently.
He was doing too much, Simmonds says
“Dennis started the season on fire looking like he was a really good player, full of confidence and skilful and was getting some goals,” Simmonds said to a West Ham-focused tabloid.
“That lasted until around Christmas – not sure if he got the hump as Watford stopped him going to the African Nations or could be with the managerial changes, but from then on he seemed like he had lost interest or could even have been a lack of confidence due to us not winning games.
“But from then on for me he was a different player. He is a skilful player with good feet but kept over-playing it, doing too much trying to do that extra skill or even go for a cheeky nutmeg instead doing a simple pass.
“He did also miss quite a few easy finishes and when he was defending he would switch off and not track players or would try and take people on instead of playing an easy ball out. I remember a few occasions where he cost us goals by not doing the right thing.
“If he does go to West Ham for £20m I will be very happy with that as a Watford man and I don’t think it will be an upgrade on anyone you currently have.”
This article was most recently revised and updated 9 months ago