Watford in swap talks for Ighalo, Deeney support

Manchester City's Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure (L) is challenged by Watford's Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Watford at The Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England on August 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

Reports from Italy suggest Watford are planning a swap offer for Roma attacker Juan Manuel Iturbe in a bid to beef up and support the Hornets’ attacking line which has fared well so far under the pair of Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo and England Troy Deeney.

The 22-year-old Paraguayan who was signed from Verona for €22.5m in July 2014 after a bidding war with Juventus has scored only five goals and provided five assists in 54 competitive games for the Giallorossi and reports have it that the youngster is thought to be looking for a move elsewhere in order to get more playing time.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, Watford are ready to take on Iturbe and send Colombian star Victor Ibarbo who joined the Premier League side on loan over the summer, but has made only three appearances back to Roma.

If the swap deal sails through, it means the Colombian cannot be loaned elsewhere because he already played for the Giallorossi this season and therefore fulfilled his quota of two clubs in one campaign.