Watford are looking to strike a deal for 16-year-old Nigerian midfielder Daniel Daga, as per reporter Mike McGrath.
Daga might not be a name familiar with many but the teenager has been touted for a big future in the game.
At just 16, he’s already made 10 appearances for Nigeria’s U20s and caught the eye during the summer’s U20s World Cup. He currently plays for FC One Rocket in his native but spent time on loan with Dakkada FC last season.
Now, reporter Mike McGrath has said Watford are looking to snap up Daga ahead of some stiff competition.
He has said on Twitter that Daga was at Vicarage Road to watch the Hornets’ rampant 4-0 win over QPR on the opening day of the season. Watford are working to snatch him away from the grasps of top European clubs with Champions League teams said to have tracked him during his successful summer with the Nigerian U20s.
#WatfordFC working on ambitious move for Nigeria U20 star Daniel Daga from under noses of Europe’s top clubs. The 16yr-old def-midfielder seen at Vicarage Road at the weekend to watch QPR win. Tracked by CL clubs during U20 World Cup playing above age grp. More @TeleFootball
— Mike McGrath (@mcgrathmike) August 8, 2023
An impressive coup?
As a 16-year-old still playing in Nigeria, the fact that Daga already has some top clubs tracking him should say a lot about his talent. He was playing regularly for his country against players far above his age this summer, so it seems he really will be done to watch in the years to come.
For those reasons, this would be an impressive signing for a team like Watford.
The Hornets have recruited promising players before but now that they’re in the Championship, it would be seriously impressive if they could fend off some of Europe’s top dogs to sign young midfielder Daga. The fact he was at the QPR game at the weekend makes for promising reading but time will tell if they can get the deal done.