Watford have decided against firming up their interest in West Brom striker Saido Berahino in this summer transfer window.
The Hornets have been one of several clubs to be linked with a move for the 22-year-old former England Under-21 international hitman, who is now in the final year of his contract at the Hawthorns and had appeared set to leave.
It seems incoming head coach Walter Mazzarri had lined up a swoop for Berahino when the future of captain Troy Deeney was in doubt as Premier League champions Leicester had several bids rejected for his signature.
But with Deeney committing himself to the Golden Boys by signing a new five-year deal and strike partner Odion Ighalo also rebuffing talk of a potential summer exit, there is now no need to move for him.
Mazzarri also has quality cover in the attacking area of his squad should one of the first-choice duo pick up an injury or suspension as he recently drafted in £12.5million record signing Isaac Success from Granada and 19-year-old Liverpool forward Jerome Sinclair plus Matej Vydra is back at the club following a loan stint at Reading last term.
In the meantime Berahino is on course to stay at West Brom as clubs shy away from the club’s £20million asking price, although Crystal Palace could opt to make a bid as an alternative to Liverpool hitman Christian Benteke whose £32.5million price-tag is proving prohibitive.