Watford hatch cunning plan for Man Utd wonderkid as Leeds United issued £4.3m update

Watford are the latest Championship club to be linked with a move for the former Sunderland man who could exit Old Trafford.
Valerian Ismael saw his side lose to Leicester City at the weekend. (Image: Getty Images)Valerian Ismael saw his side lose to Leicester City at the weekend. (Image: Getty Images)
Valerian Ismael saw his side lose to Leicester City at the weekend. (Image: Getty Images)

QPR were the only London Championship club to pick up points in their league outing over the weekend with a Michael Frey goal salvaging a point against Norwich City, despite Marti Cifuentes' side taking the lead in the 27th minute.

Millwall also lost an early lead in a 2-1 defeat to Coventry City on the road while Watford were overturned at home by high-flying Leicester City as their play-off push stutters.

The Hornets feature in Monday's Championship round-up alongside Leeds United.

Watford linked with Man Utd wonderkid

Watford have emerged as the latest contenders to strike a deal for Manchester United starlet Amad Diallo this summer as the winger continues to be linked with a move away from Old Trafford in search of more playing time.

The 21-year-old enjoyed a breakthrough season in the Championship last term while on loan at Sunderland, scoring 13 goals for the Black Cats as they secured a play-off spot, but opted to fight for his place under Erik ten Hag this term. However, Amad has made just one appearance amid a knee issue despite 'positive conversations' with Ten Hag over his United future.

Valerian Ismael saw his side lose to Leicester City at the weekend. (Image: Getty Images)Valerian Ismael saw his side lose to Leicester City at the weekend. (Image: Getty Images)
Valerian Ismael saw his side lose to Leicester City at the weekend. (Image: Getty Images)

The player has been previously linked with Southampton, Leicester City and Middlesbrough but The Sun now reports that it is the Hornets who could secure a deal for the highly-rated talent. The outlet believes that the Pozzo family could bring Amad to Italian side Udinese and then loan him to Vicarage Road.

Watford are believed to have made a move for Amad during the January window while Birmingham City are another touted option for the star, with the chance to reunite with former Sunderland manager Tony Mowbray.

Leeds United £4.3m deal could fall through

Leeds United may not be able to bank on cashing in on defender Diego Llorente with Roma's intention to make a loan-to-buy deal permanent now coming under question.

The defender, who joined the Serie A outfit in January 2023 and then extended his stay last summer, had been poised to pay the £4.3 million clause agreed with the Whites but may now look elsewhere for a permanent defensive signing - despite Llorente playing 21 times for the club this season.

GiveMeSport report that Roma are assessing their options but could still make the deal permanent with a view to then sell the player straight away when the window opens. Ben Jacobs said: “With Llorente, there's an option for Roma to buy him. But we first have to understand the Roma situation because the appeal for the Serie A side is not necessarily just activating an option to buy.

“It's also in the value of that option to buy, which allows them to keep or sell on at a higher number. That’s where the player may feel like he's being used too much as a commodity and may not buy into that approach.”