Watford are reportedly eyeing up a move for Zenit St. Petersburg striker Artem Dzyuba as they bid to strengthen their forward line ahead of the upcoming Premier League season.

The Hornets’ strikers struggled for form last time around, with the likes of Troy Deeney, Andre Gray and Stefano Okaka scoring just 12 times between them.

Okaka was largely frozen out under former boss Marco Silva and barely featured for the first half of the campaign, while Gray and Deeney never really got going for the Golden Boys in front of goal last season.

But the Hornets could be set to bolster their forward line with the signing of Dzyuba according to reports in Russia, with the Golden Boys apparently monitoring the forward’s progress at the World Cup.

The 29-year-old notched three times for Russia at the World Cup, with his strength causing defences plenty of problems, and he helped the hosts reach the quarter finals of the tournament.

He joined Zenit St. Petersburg in 2015 and has a decent record for the Russian outfit, scoring 38 times in 89 appearances in all competitions.

The 6ft 5in striker spent the second half of last season on loan with Arsenal Tula and impressed for the Russian Premier League side, notching six times in ten appearances.

Any potential move to Watford would be Dzyuba’s first experience of Premier League football having spent his entire career in his native Russia, enjoying stints with Spartak Moscow and Rostov prior to his move to Zenit.