Hornets boss’ transfer priority

December 7, 2016

Walter Mazzarri has reportedly made signing a new goalkeeper for Watford a top priority ahead of the January transfer window.

The Hornets boss is believed to be happy with the form of his number one Heurelho Gomes so far this season, but it is a lack of serious competition for the Brazilian which is concerning him.

Romanian custodian Costel Pantilimon was brought in from Sunderland in the summer, but has struggled to convince Mazzarri and shipped four goals in his only first-team outing when coming off the bench to replace Gomes during the 6-1 thrashing at Liverpool last month.

Rene Gilmartin is also in the current 25-man squad, but has never played for the club in the Premier League, and fringe man Giedrius Arlauskis makes up the current quartet.

The Watford Observer suggests Mazzarri is looking to get a quality shot-stopper in the New Year with a view to pushing Gomes for the number one jersey and becoming an eventual permanent successor for the 35-year-old at Vicarage Road.

If it proves to be true, it would almost certainly mean one or two of the current keepers will be looking for a new club in January.