Transfer Roundup, 22nd January- Zarate Returns, Snodgrass Bid Rejected, Payet To Depart

With just 9 days left in the winter transfer window, the deals are taking place thick and fast while several transfer sagas are taking shape in tandem. Let us take a quick look at the transfer stories from today: MAURO ZARATE RETURNS TO PREMIER LEAGUE, JOINS WATFORD ON LOAN Former Birmingham, QPR and West Ham striker, who was plying his trade for Fiorentina, has been loaned to Watford and is understood to have arrived in England and has successfully completed his medical at Vicarage Road. SNODGRASS LEFT OUT OF HULL…

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Watford face point deduction, possible expulsion from competitions

Watford are in serious trouble over allegations of forging a bank letter addressed to the Football League. The Daily Telegraph has claimed that the Hornets forged a letter from the international bank HSBC prior to the purchase of the club by Italian owner Gino Pozzo in 2014. The letter served as a guarantee from the bank that Pozzo had enough funds available to bankroll the club. The Telegraph has reportedly obtained a copy of the letter and has passed it on to the bank and the police. The EFL has…

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If Rooney starts again, United are finished! [Tweets]

Manchester United’s woes continued as they succumbed to their third consecutive defeat in all competitions today. Watford defeated Jose Mourinho’s side 3-1 at Vicarage Road to leave them six points behind neighbours City in the league table. It was a huge blow to the Red Devils as they were considered by many the only team capable of challenging Guardiola’s rampaging City for the league title this season. There were a lot of talking points in the game, but United skipper Wayne Rooney grabbed the headlines with his woeful performance on…

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A summer of club record breaking transfer fees paid by Premier League teams

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So far this summer, six English Premier League teams have paid club record transfer fee’s, with the most recent of those being the £89m Manchester United spent to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus. Pogba rejoins United In doing so, Manchester United also set a new world record transfer fee. That previously stood at £85.3m, which was the fee Real Madrid paid Tottenham for Gareth Bale in 2013. Prior to acquring Pogba, United’s record transfer fee which the club paid was £59.7m to Real Madrid for Angel de Maria in August…

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Mazzari’s preparing multinational Watford for new season

Watford manager Walter Mazzari has insisted that his players stay in a hotel throughout July, since he views doing so as a good means by which they can gel ahead of the new season, according to The Guardian. After meeting up with Mazzari at the start of last week, Watford’s multinational squad have been staying at Sopwell House in St. Albans, Hertfordshire. It is understood that whilst based at the hotel, the players are travelling back and forth from the club’s London Colney training ground, as Mazzari works diligently to…

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Tottenham and Manchester City facing uphill battle for Serie A stars

Tottenham are sending representatives to Milan to negotiate a move for Inter striker Mauro Icardi. The Premier League outfit are set to offer £37.8 million for the forward, according to Gianluca Di Marzio (via Football-Italia). The 23-year-old Argentine has scored an impressive 52 goals in 105 games for the Nerazzurri, after joining them in 2013 from Sampdoria for £9.75 million and making his way through the Barcelona youth ranks. Tottenham were eager to offer Champions League football, something Icardi will not experience with the Nerazzurri this season. However, Inter are ready to…

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Two Arsenal stars linked with exits from the club

Arsenal looked one of the busiest clubs in the transfer market with a host of players getting linked with the club. Amidst all the potential arrivals, a number of players are also expected to leave the club in the summer. The likes of Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky are the usual suspects, but the latest reports have claimed that a number of first-team players might also depart from the club. Evening Standard has exclusively claimed that forward Theo Walcott is a £25million target for West Ham. The 27-year-old…

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Premier League Season Review – Watford

Watford: 13th FA Cup: Semi-finals Capital One Cup: Round Two At the beginning of each Premier League season each English football pundit, journalist or columnist makes a prediction on which three sides will be relegated, and this time around one would have needed to go a long way in order to find a forecast that did not include Watford as one of those three clubs. There are few things more satisfying in professional sport than proving people wrong, and under the astute guidance of manager Quique Flores, they set about doing…

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Watford vs Sunderland – Premier League preview and team news

After securing their safety in style during the week, Sunderland are able to enjoy their final outing of the season away to a Watford side who will be looking to ensure that manager Quique Flores leaves off the back of a win. It was a story that had been gaining increasing weight for several weeks, and on Friday it was confirmed that Flores would be leaving after just one season in charge despite defying the odds to achieve a comfortable mid-table position, as well as reaching the semi-finals of the…

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Norwich vs Watford – Premier League preview and team news

Norwich City are fighting to keep their increasingly bleak chance of Premier League survival alive, and they know that even a win at home to Watford on Wednesday evening might not be enough to save them. The current scenario sees the Canaries four points behind 17th-placed Sunderland with just two games remaining, which means that they must win both to have any hope of making an unlikely escape. Sam Allardyce’s side are in action at the same time against Everton, and if they pick up three points they will be…

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Liverpool vs Watford – Premier League preview and team news

With their sights now set on the final of the Europa League, Liverpool will look to end their domestic season in positive fashion over the course of a final week that begins with a home encounter with a Watford side that took them to the cleaners back in December. For the last Premier League outing at Swansea City, manager Jurgen Klopp was clearly prioritising the second leg against Villarreal as he made numerous changes and saw his Liverpool side outplayed for long periods, conceding some sloppy goals along the way. The one plus…

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Manchester United to compete with Arsenal for Premier League striker

Manchester United and Arsenal are set to battle it out for the signing of Watford striker Odion Ighalo. According to a report in Daily Star, the Hornets are willing to cash on their striker and will listen to the offers in summer. The 26-year-old has scored 14 goals in his debut season in the Premier League and has prompted interested from a number of clubs across Europe. Atletico Madrid have been linked with the Nigeria international previously and West Ham are also said to be interested in him. Watford sports consultant Nicola…

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Watford vs Aston Villa – Premier League preview and team news

Watford will be hoping to win at home in the league for the first time since January 23 when they take on already relegated Aston Villa, whose run of defeats now stands at a demoralising nine matches. After several weeks of anticipation, it has to be said that Watford were just not good enough in their FA Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace as they struggled to create many meaningful scoring chances and generally lacked a cutting edge from open play. A lot of work went into their performance as the…

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ICYMI: Costel Pantilimon’s Kung Fu kick in FA Cup semi-final [Video]

On Sunday, Crystal Palace booked their place into their first FA Cup final since 1990, once again meeting Manchester United. Yannick Bolasie and Connor Wickham scored for the Eagles, who won 2-1 against the Hornets. Still, it was Watford goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon who made the headlines with a Kung Fu kick attempted save on Bolasie’s 1-0 header.

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Crystal Palace vs Watford – Match preview and team news

It is a huge opportunity on Sunday for two sides who have never won the FA Cup to reach the final of this year’s competition as Crystal Palace take on Watford in what promises to be a close encounter as just two points separate them in the league. When Watford reached the final back in 1984 it was something of a fairytale, while Palace were beaten in 1990 in the last ever final to go to a replay, losing to what became an infamous goal from Mark Robins. But these…

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West Ham vs Watford – Premier League preview and team news

West Ham United will be hoping to win for the first time in five matches in all competitions when they take on Watford, who can now play out the season with the satisfaction of having broken the 40-point barrier. There was a lot to dissect from West Ham’s game at leaders Leicester City on Sunday, where two quick-fire goals in the dying minutes saw them go ahead and make their one-man advantage count, only for a disputed penalty at the death to deny them all three points. Overall the performance…

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West Brom vs Watford – Premier League preview and team news

Two sides that done enough to ensure safety with plenty of time to spare meet in the West Midlands on Saturday as West Bromwich Albion aim to end a run of three games without a win by getting the better of Watford. In the build up to West Brom’s game at Manchester City last time out, the feeling was that they would likely sit back for the majority of the game and defend in numbers, with attacks of their own few and far between. But a glance at their starting…

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Watford vs Everton – Premier League preview and team news

Two FA Cup semi-finalists in disappointing league form meet as Watford take on Everton at Vicarage Road, where the sides – both led by Spanish managers – will be greeted by a rousing reception to the tune of Z-Cars. The important thing for Watford as they headed to Arsenal for their last match was not to concede an early goal, but that objective failed as they were behind within four minutes and were unable to compete with their third-placed opponents for the remainder of the game, with forays forward proving extremely few…

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West Ham are chasing three Premier League stars

West Ham have endured a stellar season according to their standards. The Hammers are fighting Manchester United for fifth place in the Premier League, the last European place in the English top flight. No doubt the club want to repeat their perfomance next season and therefore they are looking to strengthen their squad. According to The Sun (via Daily Star), Watford’s Odion Ighalo is on West Ham’s radar as the Hammers line up a move for a new striker in the summer transfer window.  The 26-year-old Nigerian has scored 15…

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Arsenal vs Watford – Premier League preview and team news

Just three weeks after Watford dumped them out of the FA Cup, Arsenal take on the same opponents on Saturday aiming for back-to-back Premier League wins for only the second time since the turn of the year. There was enormous pressure on Arsenal and manager Arsene Wenger when they took to the field for their last match at Everton, but they responded in the ideal fashion with a dominant display full of the intricate attacking football with which they are so well associated. Central to that was the continued inclusion of…

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Watford vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

After reaching the semi-finals of the FA Cup, the next target for Watford is to reach 40 points in the Premier League, and victory over Stoke City on Saturday would see them achieve that. Although the increasing tightness of the mid-table battle has seen them drop to 14th, it has been a magnificent season for Watford whatever happens between now and May, with the club having been tipped by many for relegation at the outset. Under the astute leadership of Quique Flores they have exceeded all expectations and went even further in doing…

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Arsenal vs Watford – Match preview and team news

Arsenal will be hoping to extend their incredible run in the FA Cup to another Wembley semi-final, as they host a Watford side that can always be relied upon to provide stubborn resistance. A shocking error from Hull City’s David Meyler may just have proved to be the break that Arsenal and indeed Olivier Giroud needed to put an end to their faltering form. The Frenchman ended his barren run of 11 games without a goal by netting the opener in the replay against the Tigers in midweek and then…

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Watford vs Leicester – Premier League preview and team news

After an incredible round of midweek fixtures that saw them emerge as the big winners, Leicester City will be looking to ensure that they continue to remain ahead of the rest by taking all three points away to Watford. The hosts have failed to score in six of their last eight Premier League outings, so will be intent on providing their supporters with more cheer in addition to being in a comfortable position. They had no shortage of chances to improve that record on Wednesday evening, but top scorer Odion…

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Man Utd vs Watford – Premier League preview and team news

Manchester United will be aiming to secure their fourth win in the space of 10 days in all competitions when they face a Watford side that has only lost one of its last seven Premier League matches. Given the lack of experienced options available and the number of unfamiliar names from the youth setup among the starting XI, not many gave Man Utd much of a chance of turning over Arsenal at the weekend, but they emphatically proved the doubters wrong with a dynamic performance that fully merited the three…

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Watford vs Bournemouth – Premier League preview and team news

Bournemouth will be determined to increase the gap between themselves and the drop zone when they face FA Cup quarter-finalists Watford, who are just four points away from the magic 40-mark. Manager Quique Flores opted to rest several of his players for last weekend’s tie at home to Leeds United, but an own goal early in the second half was enough to see them through into the last eight of the world’s oldest domestic cup competition and further enhance what has been a tremendous season for the Hornets. Aside from…

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