Villarreal have opened talks with Watford over a deal for midfielder Etienne Capoue.

The 32-year old is wanted by coach Unai Emery though Watford want around £4million for the Frenchman who has just over two years left on contract.

Villarreal are offering a two and a half year contract to the former Tottenham midfielder who is expected to travel to Spain once the final details on a fee are agreed. 

The LaLiga side have made a bright start to the season and currently sit inside the Champions League spots.

However they are in need of a midfielder following a serious injury sustained to Vincente Iborra.

Capoue has been as a valuable asset at the Championship club, making 11 appearances for them so far this season.   

The move would be a boost for Villarreal who lost Iborra who ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament to his left knee against Real Betis on December 13, and has been ruled out for the rest of the season.