Sky Sports understands Watford have made a move for French full-back Albin Ebondo as they attempt to bolster their defensive ranks.
The 28-year-old has spent the last two years on the books of St Etienne, but is currently available as a free agent.
Ebondo's entire career to date has been spent in his homeland, with a nine-year stint at Toulouse taking him up to a 2010 switch to St Etienne.
His vast experience in Ligue 1 suggests he would have no problem adjusting to life in England, but it is unclear whether he would be interested in such a move.
Watford appreciate that they will need to be very persuasive if they are to convince Ebondo to sign on at Vicarage Road.
It is not just the change in country and culture that they have to contend with, they also have to convince a man at the peak of his career that joining a second tier outfit would not be a step backwards.
Watford are, however, building towards a bright future, with new owners and the appointment of Gianfranco Zola as manager intended to steer the club back towards the Premier League.