Jamie McGrath was ‘always’ going to attract interest after scoring 17 goals from midfield for St Mirren last season says assistant Lee Sharp, amid Watford speculation.

The English Premier League club have been linked with the Republic of Ireland international ahead of the transfer deadline on Tuesday. Watford are just one of several teams linked with McGrath though, and ahead of today’s league match with St Johnstone, Sharp hasn’t been surprised by interest.

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Watford are linked with McGrath. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

He said: “Jamie had a fantastic season last term and has started this season really well – so there was always going to be speculation regarding that. I think his call-up to the Republic of Ireland squad has been merited. It shows how he’s performing. We are delighted.”

On the game against St Johnstone, Sharp added: “We will be looking at it that St Johnstone will be coming here at full strength and prepare to play against them the way that they always play, and be up for a tough game. They will be prepared, Callum has done exceptionally well with them in terms of how they play and their style.

“It will be a very tough game. Every game we played them last season was extremely tough, the league games and the cup games and we expect no different on Sunday.”

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