Italy Under-20 and Udinese midfielder Cristian Battocchio to be Watford's 12th summer signing
The Hornets will make young Argentine midfielder Cristian Battocchio the club's 12th summer signing, the Watford Observer understands.
Watford are set to confirm the arrival of left back Jean-Alain Fanchone in the coming days and we understand he will be joined by Udinese team-mate Battocchio.
We were first made aware of the Hornets' interest in Battocchio on Monday and we believe negotiations are now almost complete.
Battocchio has also stated himself that he expects to join Watford in the near future.
This morning, he tweeted in Italian: "It is part of a new adventure! Udinese thanks for everything, I'll miss you! Watford arrival."
Battoccio is a 20-year-old creative midfielder who was born in Argentina but left Newell's Old Boys three years ago to join Udinese.
He was highly-rated in Argentina and reportedly trained with the Old Boys' first team when he was just 14.
Battoccio has made nine appearances for the Udinese first team in the last couple of seasons and came on as a substitute in Saturday's game with Fiorentina.
The creative midfielder is an Italy Under-20 international and has made three appearances for his adopted country.
The arrivals of Fanchone and Battocchio may not be the last for Watford though as we understand the club are interested in the Udinese centre back Gabriele Angella.