Aston Villa agree deal understood to be worth more than £25m plus add-ons to sign Watford forward Ismaila Sarr; Sarr was left out of Saturday’s goalless draw at Preston and now looks set to follow former team-mate Emmanuel Dennis back into the Premier League
Watford manager Rob Edwards said his absence was injury related – and nothing to do with a potential move.
Sarr has scored 25 goals in 95 Watford appearances since joining the club from Rennes in 2019. The Senegal international scored five goals in the Premier League last season.
The winger reminded everybody of his class when he scored with a remarkable effort from inside his own half in Watford’s 1-1 draw with West Brom earlier this month.
Striker Emmanuel Dennis left Watford last week to join Nottingham Forest.
Dennis scored 10 goals for the Hornets in the Premier League last season but could not help to keep them up.
Aston Villa, meanwhile, were beaten 3-1 by a Wilfried Zaha-inspired Crystal Palace on Saturday.