Watford are lining up a move for Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC.

Watford boss Marco Silva is in the market for striking reinforcements during this month’s transfer window and Afobe has emerged on his radar.

Watford could end up losing Troy Deeney this month with Newcastle keen on his signature and Silva does not want to leave himself light in attacking options.

Watford’s top scorer this season is midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure with six goals and Silva wants to add more goals to his ranks.

Afobe has struggled to make an impact at Bournemouth since joining from Wolves for £10 million in January of 2016.

The 24-year-old has scored just one goal in 20 appearances, and Bournemouth are willing to sell him for the right price.

Afobe is effectively fourth-choice striker at Bournemouth when everyone is fit, and the former Arsenal striker could be tempted to move on in search of regular first-team football.