Watford want to sign Benfica winger Andre Carrillo on loan ahead of the upcoming 2017-18 Premier League season, according to The Sun.

New Hornets boss Marco Silva has worked with the Peruvian at his former club Sporting Lisbon and is believed to be eager for a reunion.

Watford survived relatively comfortably in the Premier League last season despite a downturn in results in the second half of the campaign and the former Hull City boss has been given the target of lifting the Vicarage Road side further up the table in 2017-18.

In a bid to be successful in that goal Silva has already made a number of additions to his squad this summer with Tom Cleverley, Nathaniel Chalobah, Jorge Segura, Will Hughes, Daniel Bachmann and Kiko Femenia already arriving in Hertfordshire – and it looks like the signings have not finished yet.

Carrillo has represented his country on 34 occasions, has racked up 130 matches in the Portuguese top flight and has played in the Champions League, so he would bring plenty of experience to Vicarage Road.

Watford were one of the lowest scorers in the Premier League last season. Only the three relegated sides and Burnley netted fewer goals than them and that is something Silva appears to have acknowledged.

While he has done little in terms of strengthening the Hornets’ strike force, he has certainly increased the supply line to them, and if he can add the Peruvian to his squad then that would offer another option to assist in attacking areas.

The report suggests that should Carrillo moved to Watford it could spell the end of Nordin Amrabat’s spell at the club, with the versatile attacker wanted by Deportivo La Coruna.

The 30-year-old started 25 Premier League games for the Vicarage Road side last term and was adjudged to be one of the side’s more-enterprising players on the front foot.

It remains to be seen whether Carrillo will arrive at Watford, but if he does then Silva is likely to want his man in as soon as possible as he prepares his squad for the start of the season, which begins at home to Liverpool on August 12.


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