Watford are hoping to complete a deal for Spanish international and Fiorentina midfielder Mario Suarez, the Watford Observer understands.

The 28-year-old joined La Viola in the summer from Atletico Madrid but has failed to hold down a place in the first team, making just seven starts and five substitute appearances in all competitions.

As a result Fiorentina are willing to let Suarez leave the Stadio Artemio Franchi for the right price this month.

Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores worked with Suarez at Atletico in 2011 and is understood to be very keen to bring the defensive midfielder to Vicarage Road.

The Hornets are not the only Premier League side to be taking an interest in Suarez but are hopeful of bringing him to Vicarage Road.

Suarez, who has represented Spain at every level from Under-16, started his career at Atletico.

He made his debut for the club in 2005 but failed to establish himself in the first team and had subsequent loan spells with Real Valladolid and Celta Vigo.

Suarez left Atletico in 2008 and joined Real Mallorca on a four-year deal.

Atletico had the option to resign the midfielder and, after two impressive seasons with the Islanders, Suarez rejoined Los Colchoneros and linked up with Flores.

He established himself as a regular in the Spaniard's first team, making 35 appearances during the 2010/2011 campaign. 

Flores left the club at the end of that season but Suarez remained.

He would go on to become a key player under Diego Simone and played a role in helping the club win La Liga and reach a Champions League final in 2014.