West Ham received plenty of interest in Domingos Quina in the summer before deciding to sell him to Watford.

Quina was a man in demand and he completed a deadline day move to West Ham’s Premier League counterparts.

And now it has emerged that Watford were not alone in their admiration for the midfield starlet.

La Liga giants pondered move

Domingos Quina impressed Real Madrid and Barcelona for Portugal under-19s. (Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images)

According to The Daily Mail, Barcelona and Real Madrid were tracking Quina last summer.

The Portugal youth international had just shone for his country’s under-19 side in the European Championships.

And this alerted Barcelona and Real Madrid to his ability.

As it happened, Quina stayed in the Premier League as he moved from West Ham to Watford.

Quina at West Ham

Domingos Quina was mainly an under-23 player at West Ham. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

Quina joined West Ham’s academy in 2016, having spent time with Benfica and Chelsea.


He impressed at youth level and earned himself six senior outings – all of which came in the cup.

In truth, Quina looked lightweight during these first-team games.

After pressure from his agent, West Ham decided to let him leave and Watford took a punt on him.

Quina at Watford

Domingos Quina scored on his third Premier League appearance for Watford. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

The 19-year-old immediately impressed for Watford, scoring a stunning goal in the cup against Reading.

But after missing a penalty in the next round against Tottenham Hotspur, he had to wait a while for another chance.

That eventually came earlier this month as he came on as a substitute against Manchester City.

This was followed by his first league start, against Everton, before he scored an eye-catching goal against Cardiff City in the last game.

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