Transfer News

06/08/2014 15:45


 


Watford have been busy over the past week strengthening their strike force and midfield.

Last week, the Hornets used their connection with Udinese to sign Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo on a season long loan from the Zebrette.

After starting his career in his home nation, Ighalo joined Norwegian club Lyn scoring 9 goals in 20 appearances. His impressive form persuaded Udinese to sign him alongside Lyn team mate Jo Inge Berget, with the striker signing a five year deal.

After making only a handful of appearances in his first season at Udinese, Ighalo has spent the last five seasons on loan at Granada, who are also owned by the Pozzo Family, where he has helped the club achieve promotion to La Liga.

In his five seasons with Granada, Ighalo has made over 100 appearances scoring 35 goals.

The Hornets have also acquired Italian midfielder Gianni Munari on a season long loan from Parma. The 31 year old is an experienced midfielder, who has won three promotions from Serie B to Serie A. He has spent his entire career in Italy playing for the likes of Sassuolo, Verona, Lecce, Fiorentina and Sampdoria. In an interview with the official Watford website, Munari described himself as a box to box midfielder who likes to play in the midfield three.

Both look to be two good pieces of business by Watford.

Whilst two players have signed for Watford, three players have left the Golden Boys.

Reece Brown was the first to leave, with the defender signing a one year deal, with Barnsley for an undisclosed fee, after a recent trial with the Tykes. Brown only spent one season with the Hornets, making three appearances.

Another player to leave Watford was Paraguayan striker Javier Acuna. Acuna joined the Hornets from Udinese last summer however, the striker failed to find his feet in England and found his first team opportunities limited. The striker made 12 appearances for the golden boys scoring once, before spending the second half of the season on loan at Osasuna.  The 26 year old has returned to Paraguay and has signed for Club Olympia for an undisclosed fee.

Finally, the third player to leave Watford is defender Essaid Belkalem. Belkalem has joined Turkish side Trabzonspor on a season long loan with the option of a permanent deal after joining the Hornets last season. Belkalem made 10 appearances after joining the Hornets from Granada and featured in the World Cup for Algeria.

Welcome to Odion Ighalo and Gianni Munieri and good luck to all the players leaving Watford FC.