Watford head coach Vladimir Ivic has his sights set on signing a new left-back and a new central midfielder before the transfer window closes next month.

Speaking ahead of his trip up north to face Sheffield Wednesday this weekend, the Serbian said these positions were in particular need of reinforcements, with departures and injuries depleting his thinly-spread squad.

Full-back Pervis Estupinan left for Villarreal during the week, while Will Hughes will remain out until at least mid-October. Etienne Capoue seems likely to leave as well, while Abdoulaye Doucoure has already joined Everton.

"In this moment, this is one of the solutions that we can do, with Kiko [Femenia]," said Ivic about the left-back position. "We have other solutions but we will see who will play on Saturday.

"This is a position that we need to look for, a position that we are thinking to bring in someone who will help us.

"With Estupinan who's moved to Villarreal and with Masina's injury, we need one left full-back and we work on this case, on who will be this one, who will join us.

"We know that in this moment, we have three midfield players and some of the guys from the Under 23s, we have to use them. This is a position that is interesting for us and I believe that fast we will react and we will have some other players in this position, we will have better competition if some of the players come and join us.

"The information I have at the moment is [Hughes] will start to work with us in the middle of October. This is what the medical team give to me.

"He's a very good player, an important player for us and I'm waiting for him to start to be part of our practises and to be a guy who will be a solution for me."

One area of the field Ivic seems content with at the moment is up front, with a potent array of strikers at his disposal.

Colombian forward Luis Suarez, who impressed on loan with Real Zaragoza last season, could be involved this weekend against Wednesday, after returning to training last week. However, the coach does not know whether or not he will have him beyond the end of the transfer window, with Marseille registering an interest in the player. The coach, as ever, stated that he only wants players who are committed to the club playing for him.

"He's started to join us and we'll take a decision tomorrow about him," said Ivic about the striker.

"He is a good player and he's a guy who's joined us a month ago. He's a Watford player. If you ask me about his potential, if I want him here, yes. Now it depends on what's going to happen until the last day of the transfer window. It's important to have a group of players who wants to be here and who wants to stay. It's not good to have someone who doesn't want to be here. It's not good for the team, for the group, it's not good for no one.

"For a coach it's good to have the different kind of strikers. In this moment, we have different kinds. We have two guys, like Glenn Murray and Stipe Perica, who are tall guys, who are dominant in the air. We have other players like Andre Gray and like Luis Suarez, who are fast players, good in one against one and know how to score and the first two the same, they know how to score. We have Joao Pedro, who is young with potential who can play this position.

"If we speak now about the strikers, we have solutions, we have players there in this moment we don't think about this position when we speak about the players who will join us."

Another forward who has returned to training and could be available this weekend is Ismaila Sarr.

On the Senegalese winger, Ivic said: "He's worked with us and now we try to improve his physical condition. We will see what's going to happen, if he's going to be with us or not. Tomorrow we'll make a decision."