Watford have reportedly targeted Chelsea youth product Ike Ugbo to add to their stock of strikers this summer.

The 22-year-old has scored 17 goals for Cercle Brugge in the Belgian Pro League this season, making him the fourth highest scorer in the division.

Ugbo has never made a senior appearance for The Blues, but he is experienced in senior football having spent time with Barnsley, Milton Keynes Dons and Scunthorpe United in the EFL.

Last summer, the Lewisham-born striker was linked with both Coventry City and Queens Park Rangers, but he chose instead to spend a season in Belgium.

Another fruitful spell with Roda JC in the Netherlands last campaign means Ugbo has now scored 29 goals in 62 appearances over his last two seasons.  

At 22-years-old, first team action becomes a growing priority for a player like Ugbo and he is certainly unlikely to get that at Chelsea with the likes of Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud and Timo Werner all scrapping for minutes up top.

Therefore, this summer could be the perfect time for the striker to seek a permanent move away from Stamford Bridge.

Watford sealed promotion back to the Premier League with victory over Millwall on Saturday, and greater squad depth is required if they are to meet the rigours of a topflight schedule.

Prospects of slipping straight into the first XI at Vicarage Road may be slim for the youngster with Xisco Muñoz favouring Joao Pedro and Ismaïla Sarr for much of this season, but the Hornets could be the logical next step for Ugbo whose first team minutes may take a slight hit, but overall surroundings will be of a much higher standard.

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