Watford close to deal for Torino defender Lyanco

Watford are in advanced talks with Torino over a deal for Brazilian centre-back Lyanco, who has been playing in Italy since 2017 and started 21 games in Serie A last season.

90min understands that an agreement over a transfer that will be worth in excess of £7m is now close and Torino are weighing up potential replacements for the 24-year-old.

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Lyanco started 21 times last season / Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

Lyanco started his career in the youth ranks at famed Rio de Janeiro club Botafogo, before making the switch to Sao Paulo where he made his senior breakthrough as a teenager in 2015.

He stands to be Watford’s ninth major signing of a busy summer following promotion back to the Premier League and will strengthen a group of centre-backs that already includes Christian Kabasele, William Troost-Ekong, Craig Cathcart and Francisco Sierralta.

Torino’s search for a replacement has led them to Scotland international Jack Hendry, who completed a permanent move to Belgian club Oostende for under £2m earlier this summer.

Hendry managed to resurrect his career at Oostende after a failed stint at Celtic and has been garnering Premier League interest from a handful of clubs because of his form.

The expectation has long been that Oostende, having negotiated a relatively small option to buy when they agreed the initial loan deal with Celtic, would quickly cash in if an offer is made.

90min can reveal that Hendry has a low release clause under £5m, which could be attractive to Torino. Brighton, Southampton, Sheffield United and Rangers are all also in the mix for him.

Another potential option Torino are considering is Tottenham’s Cameron Carter-Vickers. The 23-year-old United States international has spent the last four years on loan at various Championship clubs but was once again involved with his parent club during pre-season.

Bournemouth, who had him on loan last season, Newcastle, Fulham and Celtic are all interested in Carter-Vickers in addition to Torino.

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