Hornets headlines: this weeks stories
Watford stories making headlines this week
Tom Cleverley in the win against Luton last weekend. Picture: Action Images
This week Watford have been busy in the transfer market ahead of the international deadline on Monday evening at 11pm.
The Hornets have mainly been focused on outgoings, withRoberto Pereyracompleting a return to Udinese earlier in the week andLuis Suarezs move to Granadafinally announced this morning.
However, there were two incomings as well, with defenderWilliam Troost-Ekongpassing Pereyra on his way over from Udinese. He said yesterday that a move back to England was always his target after he left Tottenham as a youngster.
He was signed on the same day as Djibril Toure, although the 17-year-old,who is set to join from Ceffomig, will not officially become a Watford player until January 2021.
Elsewhere,Gerard Deulofeus representativesare working on finding him a suitable exit. Interest from Italy, France and Russia has been spoken of, while teams in the UK could also make a move in the extended domestic transfer window, which will close on October 16.
Deulofeu is expected to depart, as is Ignacio Pussetto, who was the subject ofa loan offer from Crotone.The Hornets are known to be reluctant to let Pussetto leave on loan and are still weighing up the option of keeping him on board for the current season. A permanent return to Udinese also remains a very realistic possibility.
Two players who are likely to be staying for the season are Andre Gray and Will Hughes, who are both fighting to be match fit following injuries. Head coach Vladimir Ivic said he hoped both would be fit forthe Derby County gamewhich follows the international break next week.
This weekends match comes too soon for them, as it will also forTroy Deeney, who has been training with medical staff this week. Ismaila Sarr however, will be available again.
Ivic will he hoping for further improvement afterhis sides strong performancein the 1-0 derby day win over Luton Town last weekend.
Striker Joao Pedro said he hopesmore goals will followafter he netted the winner in that game, whilede facto captain Tom Cleverleysaid he was delighted to have guided the Hornets to a three-game unbeaten run at the start of the season.
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