Watford are among a number of clubs interested in signing Tobias Pachonik, according to reports in Italy.

The Carpi right-back is said to be a target for Werder Bremen, Sampdoria and fellow-Pozzo owned club Udinese.

Pachonik, 23, joined the Serie B side on a free in the summer transfer window and has gone on to make 21 appearances for Carpi all as starters.

Having come through the ranks at TSG Thannhausen, the German joined FC Nurnberg in 2010 where he went on to make 41 league outings.

A loan spell at Stuttgarter Kickers followed before Pachonik joined Shalke in 2016.

Right-back is a position where Watford are relatively well stocked, with the flying Kiko Femenia and Daryl Janmaat sharing the role throughout the campaign.

Having returned from an injury lay-off, Femenia is likely to return to first choice in the position for the remainder of the season.

Watford boss Javi Gracia has, however, suggested his compatriot may be deployed in a more attacking right-wing berth which would potentially create a need for further options at right-back.

The 27-year-old has been among Watford’s best performers when fit during his first season playing in England.

He has provided a constant attacking option out wide and after a shaky start defensively the former Barcelona man has grown to the physical challenge of the Premier League.