Watford have held initial talks with Arsenal over a potential loan move for Sead Kolasinac, the Watford Observer understands.

The conversation is understood to have focused on a temporary switch, with the full back's six-figure salary providing a potential stumbling block and the Hornets interested in having his wages shared between themselves and the Gunners.

The Bosnian international's contract expires in the summer, so he would be free to join permanently should the deal work out for both parties, although he would have to settle for a reduced salary at Vicarage Road.

Talks are far from conclusive at this stage, with Rangers defender Borna Barisic also on Watford's radar, along with Hibernian's Josh Doig.

However, a left back is top of the Hornets' list of priorities, with Adam Masina away at the African Cup of Nations with Morocco next month, leaving Danny Rose as the only naturally left-sided full back in the squad.