The news today is that Tom Cleverley is having a medical at Watford as he prepares to go on a loan move to the club for the rest of the season with an option to buy in the summer.
So we are missing out on some of our top targets as it’s always difficult to persuade Premier League players to take the step down to the Championship.
Tom Cleverley – having medical at Watford
Cleverley was wanted by Rafa Benitez although Everton wanted to sell the player this month.
However, it looks like Watford is the club who will win the race to get Cleverly on loan for the rest of the season and can then make the deal permanent in the summer.
It’s interesting that Cleverley spent a season-long loan spell at Watford back in the 2009-2010 season when he was still a youngster at Manchester United.
It seems the sooner we are back in the Premier League the better it will be for us, so we can bid for players on a more level playing field.
Of course trying to attract top players to the club is just one of the difficulties that happens when any club is relegated from the Premier League.
Rafa will now turn to other central midfield targets as he tries to bring in another creative playmaker to the squad.
Maybe we can persuade Fulham to sell us Tom Cairney who looks a very good player.