With one day remaining in the January transfer window, clubs from all leagues are scrambling to finalise their squads for the second half to this campaign – but for Watford, the final business is not necessarily finished just yet. This morning, the Hornets confirmed the signature of midfielder Dan Gosling from Bournemouth. However, that was just the start of Watford’s day.
Maurizio Pochettino Joins Watford
Son Of Mauricio Pochettino Leaves Tottenham Hotspur in Watford Transfer
Maurizio Pochettino has joined Watford following his youth days with Tottenham Hotspur. One contributing factor to his departure is the fact his father is no longer in England – meaning there is no reason for him to stay at the club his father formerly managed.
The 19-year-old, Spanish-born winger is set to join Watford’s youth set-up. It is expected that he will compete for first-team minutes, although that is not the Hornets’ immediate intentions for him. He is more so a signing for the future than a signing to make an immediate impact.
He appeared in eight Premier League 2 matches this season, scoring once.
Nathaniel Chalobah Could Be on His Way to Leicester City
At the beginning of the current transfer window, Watford lost Etienne Capoue to Villareal. Yesterday, the Hornets saw James Garner’s loan terminated by Manchester United. The young Englishman has since joined Nottingham Forest. However, Watford filled in the depth-gaps by bringing in Gosling. This, however, does not mean the Hornets are out of the market for a midfielder, especially considering they might be losing some more of their own.
Sky Sports reports that Leicester City, now without Dennis Praet for three months, are interested in signing Nathaniel Chalobah. Brendan Rodgers has a good relationship with the midfielder, having been in charge of Chelsea‘s academy during Chalobah‘s youth days.
Domingos Quina in Talks With Granada
The Portuguese attacking midfielder made 14 appearances in the Championship for the Hornets prior to an injury. Now on the cusp of being fully fit, Adam Leventhal of the Athletic reports Domingos Quina could be headed out on loan to Granada for the rest of the season.
The Hornets highly rate Quina. However, with Quina being the current fifth-choice midfielder, they know he will not find himself getting many minutes at Vicarage Road this season. Even though Granada are in the top flight, Watford feel Quina will get more minutes in Spain to further his development.
But, if Watford are to lose Quina, and especially if they are to lose Quina and Chalobah, another midfield reinforcement would be imperative.
Watford Lining Up Transfer for Matty Longstaff if Players Depart
The Watford Observer suggests Watford hope to take Matty Longstaff out on loan for the remainder of the season. The highly-rated 20-year-old midfielder has made 20 appearances for the Magpies this season. However, they are prepared to loan him out if they can sign another midfielder.
One possibility is if Chalobah departs for Leicester City, then Rodgers will send Hamza Choudhury to Newcastle United. In what would effectively be a “three-club transfer,” the Hornets would then be able to get Longstaff.
The transfer window is ticking shut. The Hornets could very well already have their final squad for the push for promotion set. But, there is still a decent chance that their business is far from over.