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Watford in talks with River Plate striker Rafael Borre as Hornets line up free transfer for Premier League return

WATFORD are in talks with Colombian striker Rafael Borre about joining the Premier League new boys on a free.

Borre is leaving Argentine side River Plate — where he played in the Copa Libertadores final in 2019 — and wants to come back to Europe.

Borre’s contract with River Plate is expiring

The 25-year-old was with Atletico Madrid early in his career before heading back to South America for more regular action.

Watford boss Xisco Munoz is looking for a couple of new strikers and Borre would fit in neatly with his limited budget.

The Hornets signed Borre’s countryman Carlos Sanchez in the promotion run-in and could land the forward.

Borre has other Premier League interest and Atletico would also take him back, although he would not be guaranteed a starting place again in LaLiga.

Watford’s recruitment drive comes after they finished the season second in the Championship to secure an immediate return to the Premier League.

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Another free transfer on the radar as they look to strengthen is former star Ashley Young.

The ex-Hornet has reportedly held talks with Vicarage Road brass with the 35-year-old yet to be offered a new contract by Inter Milan, despite helping them to their first Serie A title in 11 years.

But Watford will face competition from Inter Miami, with SunSport exclusively revealing that David Beckham’s MLS side are in the hunt for the former Manchester United player.

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