Watford midfielder Domingos Quina is closing in on a loan move to Barnsley, with his current deal at Fulham to be terminated.

The Portuguese joined the Cottagers during the summer transfer window, but has struggled for game time at Craven Cottage, having made just four appearances since his move and been included in just one squad since October.

At that time, Fulham boss Marco Silva questioned the player's work rate and said that he needed to put in more of an effort in training in order to work his way back into the team, saying: “Domingos has to work harder to win back his place.

“He got his chance and that is clear by getting in the starting 11 against Leeds and Blackpool, and it was not just a matter of performance, but in the training sessions as well.

“He is fit, but was not in the squad the last game – a technical decision and it was mine.”

At the beginning of the January transfer window, the Watford Observer reported that the plan was to try and find a new loan deal this month that would allow him to play more football.

Prior to his loan to Fulham, the midfielder signed a new deal at Watford until 2024, so it is in the club's interest to find him a move that will allow him to play more regularly.

However, it has not been a priority for the Hornets, with the acquisition of defensive targets top of their to-do list.

With four new arrivals brought in, Watford are now in a position to move players out and are also working on resolving Quina's situation.

Initial talks were held with Swansea City but a move to the Tykes is now on the horizon, with sources close to the player describing the deal as "90 per cent done".