Deportivo and Celta to battle for Layun

Deportivo and Celta to battle for Layun

January 9, 2018 Off By Ben MacDonald

Deportivo La Coruna have joined Celta Vigo in the race to sign Miguel Layun from FC Porto.

According to radio station Onda Cero, Layun, who signed a five year deal with Granada in December 2014 but was then sold a month later to Watford, has fallen out of favour at the Portuguese side and will leave the current Primeira Liga leaders during the January transfer window.

The left back caught the attention of the European media during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He played every minute for a Mexican side that produced impressive group stage wins against Croatia and Cameroon, as well as keeping a clean sheet against the host nation.

Layun was ever-present in his first season at Porto, playing 27 league matches and scoring five goals. The club have had to appoint a new manager at the start of the last three seasons. After 16 appearances in 16/17, the defender has only made started twice this year, with current boss Sérgio Conceição preferring to play Brazilian counterpart, Alex Telles.

Last week, a Faro de Vigo report stated that Celta viewed Layun as an ideal addition to the squad, providing depth to a left back position that has been occupied all season by Jonny.

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Cagliari and English Premier League side Everton have also been reported to be interested in the defender, with reports in Italy stating that the Sardinians have already offered a loan deal including a €7m option to buy at the end of the season.