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Watford, Leicester tracking Bologna midfielder Simone Verdi

Bologna midfielder Simone Verdi is attracting interest from the Premier League.

Corriere di Bologna says Watford and Leicester City are tracking Verdi ahead of the summer market.

Napoli made an approach in January for the 25-year-old but were rebuffed by the player who preferred to stay in Bologna until the summer.

He said in January: "It wasn't a no to Napoli.

"I didn't want to leave Bologna in January. I preferred to stay here and continue with a growing project until June.

"I'm flattered by the offer, and I did think about it, but in the end I came back to my decision. Napoli let me know of their appreciation and affection, I'm flattered but I didn't want to leave Bologna now.

"There were moments of reflection, I knew the league leaders wanted me. With great calm though I decided to stay here. It was entirely my choice."

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