Watford remain in race to sign Barcelona’s out-of-favour striker Paco Alcacer
But close friend and former team-mate in Spain’s youth ranks, Deulofeu has remained in regular contact with Alcacer over the phone, according to Spanish publication SPORT, and is trying to convince the striker Watford is the right fit for him.
Having gained a new lease of life, Deulofeu is said to be trying to twist Alcacer’s arm as he digs his heels in to stay with Barcelona.
With a matter of hours until the deadline closes, time is against both parties with Watford keen to agree a loan deal, while Barcelona want him offloaded permanently.
Stevenage’s Ben Wilmot joins Marc Navarro, Deulofeu, Ben Foster, Ken Sema and Adam Masina.