'We need a number nine and we will make sure we sign one'

This Is Local London:

1:41pm Monday 28th July 2014

Robert Martinez has insisted Everton will sign a new striker before the start of the season – with Troy Deeney thought to be among their targets.

Ighalo set for Hornets medical on Tuesday

This Is Local London:

9:46am Monday 28th July 2014

Udinese forward Odion Ighalo says he will travel to Watford on Tuesday to undergo a medical ahead of a proposed loan move to Vicarage Road.

Dyche says Burnley can't afford to buy Deeney

This Is Local London: Picture: Holly Cant

1:04am Monday 28th July 2014

Sean Dyche has confirmed Burnley are no longer trying to sign Troy Deeney due to Watford’s valuation of the player.

Redknapp confirms Deeney talks

This Is Local London: Harry Redknapp's side have underachieved this term considering the investment made. Picture: Action Images

12:34am Monday 28th July 2014

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has confirmed he wants to sign Watford captain Troy Deeney.

Young Hornets lose opening Milk Cup match

This Is Local London: Another Hornets game abandoned due to bad weather

2:20pm Monday 28th July 2014

Watford have lost their opening match at the 2014 Milk Cup in Northern Ireland, going down 2-0 against Brentford.

Hornets defender features on trial in Barnsley draw

This Is Local London: Reece Brown. Picture: Action Images

12:00pm Monday 28th July 2014

Watford defender Reece Brown played 90 minutes for Barnsley against Hull City on Saturday after joining the Tykes on trial last week.

Boreham Wood reduced ticket prices for Watford's friendly with Coventry City

This Is Local London: Another Hornets game abandoned due to bad weather

11:40am Monday 28th July 2014

Ticket prices for Watford’s friendly against Coventry City at Boreham Wood on Wednesday have been reduced, with refunds available to those who have purchased in advance.

Watford youngster Obi included in Manchester United's Milk Cup squad

This Is Local London:

10:43am Monday 28th July 2014

Watford scholar Ogo Obi has been included in Manchester United’s squad for the Milk Cup which began yesterday.

Allardyce keen to keep Morrison at West Ham

This Is Local London:

9:54am Monday 28th July 2014

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce is keen to keep controversial midfielder Ravel Morrison at Upton Park – despite claims to the contrary from co-owner David Sullivan.

'Keith Andrews has good personality and character'

This Is Local London:

6:00am Monday 28th July 2014

Beppe Sannino has praised the character and personality of Keith Andrews following the Bolton Wanderers midfielder’s loan move to Watford.

Twickenham collapse costs them dear at home to Hornsey

This Is Local London:

1:00pm Monday 28th July 2014

Twickenham missed the chance to close the gap on Middlese County League Premier Division leaders Teddington on Saturday as they collapsed to defeat against Hornsey on Saturday.

Four players return as London Raiders begin recruitment drive

This Is Local London: ice hockey

12:27pm Monday 28th July 2014

London Raiders have announced their first signings for the 2014/15 season, with four former players re-signing.

Strawberry Hill golfer out to build on Open experience

This Is Local London:

7:00am Monday 28th July 2014

Strawberry Hill golfer Chris Rodgers might not have been completely satisfied with his British Open debut, but he is hoping it is a platform to bigger and better things.

On this date in Watford FC history

This Is Local London:

5:30am Monday 28th July 2014

Sunday, July 28, 1940

Forestieri expected to resume light training tomorrow

This Is Local London:

8:00am Sunday 27th July 2014

Fernando Forestieri is expected to resume light training tomorrow following his Achilles injury while Sean Murray should rejoin full training after overcoming an ankle problem.

West Ham in shock Eto'o swoop

This Is Local London:

12:06pm Sunday 27th July 2014

West Ham United will make a shock move for former Barcelona and Internazionale forward Samuel Eto’o, according to the Daily Mirror.

Rosslyn Park's Rowland give the inside track

This Is Local London:

7:00am Sunday 27th July 2014

Harry Rowland is Rosslyn Park through and through, so he is best placed to reveal how last season’s disappointment at missing out on promotion to the Championship will affect this year’s campaign.

On this date in Watford FC history

This Is Local London:

5:30am Sunday 27th July 2014

Watford played Chelsea in a testimonial for Gary Porter 20 years ago today.

Bellegrove do double over Eltham Terrace

2:01am Sunday 27th July 2014

Both Bellegrove and Bellegrove Social Club B visited Eltham Terrace this week to play the A side and the Nuthouse respectively and both came away with a win in the South London & Kent Pool Alliance.

Sannino claims every player is potential starter

This Is Local London:

7:45pm Saturday 26th July 2014

Watford boss Beppe Sannino claims he doesn’t currently have a first-choice side and says every player has the potential to be included in the starting XI on the opening day of the Championship season.

UPDATE: Belkalem to leave Watford after agreeing a loan move to Trabzonspor

This Is Local London: Passion: Essaid Belkalem celebrates Algeria's progression to the second round. Picture: Action Images

5:54pm Saturday 26th July 2014

Hornets defender Essaid Belkalem is set to join Turkish side Trabzonspor on a one-year loan, the Watford Observer understands.

Battocchio scores twice as Watford score five at St Albans

This Is Local London: Cristian Battocchio's work rate and attitude has seen him become a fans' favourite at Watford. Picture: Holly Cant

5:01pm Saturday 26th July 2014

Troy Deeney was a second-half substitute as Watford cruised to a comfortable 5-0 win at St Albans City.

Orient boss believes Jobi McAnuff has the right ethos to fit into the O's team

This Is Local London: Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade. Picture: Action Images

6:30pm Saturday 26th July 2014

Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade insists Jobi McAnuff has the right mentality to fit into his group after the O's agreed a deal to sign the winger.

New signing Pritchard fires Orient to Northampton Town win

This Is Local London:

4:45pm Saturday 26th July 2014

Bradley Pritchard scored his first goal for new club Leyton Orient as he helped them win 1-0 at Northampton Town in this afternoon's friendly.

West Ham complete New Zealand tour with second defeat

This Is Local London:

12:38pm Saturday 26th July 2014

West Ham United rounded off their tour of New Zealand with a second defeat in as many games – going down 3-1 to Sydney FC this morning.

West Ham look to Almeida as Carroll stop-gap

This Is Local London:

11:51am Saturday 26th July 2014

West Ham United will look to sign Besiktas’ Portuguese international, Hugo Almeida, after it was confirmed Andy Carroll would be sidelined for fourth months, according to The Times.

Saints braced for toughest pre-season test against Hornets

This Is Local London:

9:30am Saturday 26th July 2014

Newly promoted St Albans City are well into their pre-season schedule as they prepare to face their biggest test yet ahead of their upcoming Conference South campaign.

Orient swoop for former Watford winger Jobi McAnuff

This Is Local London:

2:12am Saturday 26th July 2014

Leyton Orient have signalled their intent for next season by signing former Watford and Reading winger Jobi McAnuff.

Ardley yet to decide on Kennedy's AFC Wimbledon future

This Is Local London:

8:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

Dons boss Neal Ardley has not closed the door on bringing defender Callum Kennedy back into the squad as his search for a defender continues.

On this date in Watford FC history

This Is Local London:

5:30am Saturday 26th July 2014

Graham Taylor was a little "surprised" by the approach of Watford's pre-season opponents 17 years ago today.

Sannino knows Vydra's best position but is experimenting

This Is Local London:

1:00pm Friday 25th July 2014

Beppe Sannino recognises Matej Vydra performs better through the middle but stressed he is using pre-season to experiment with the striker on the left.

Udinese striker in 'final negotiations' with Watford

This Is Local London: The Hornets are considering a move for Odion Ighalo. Picture: Action Images.

11:39am Friday 25th July 2014

Udinese striker Odion Ighalo says he is in the “final negotiations” over a move to Watford.

No bids accepted despite Deeney's absence

This Is Local London: Troy Deeney scores from the penalty spot. Picture: Holly Cant.

11:17am Friday 25th July 2014

The Watford Observer have been told the Hornets have still not accepted any bids for Troy Deeney despite his absence during last night’s game with Boreham Wood.

Hornets link with Wealdstone crucial, says Hughes

This Is Local London:

10:00am Friday 25th July 2014

Youth-team coach Dave Hughes says the relationship between the Hornets and Wealdstone is crucial in developing the Golden Boys’ young players.

'Troy is a big professional, as a man and as a player'

This Is Local London:

6:00am Friday 25th July 2014

Beppe Sannino has praised Troy Deeney’s behaviour amid constant speculation surrounding his future.

We're improving step-by-step - Gomes

This Is Local London:

12:10am Friday 25th July 2014

Heurelho Gomes says Watford are improving “step-by-step” but admits the players are still “getting to know” one another after Thursday’s 1-0 win at Boreham Wood.

Watford will not be facing Osasuna tomorrow

This Is Local London: Another Hornets game abandoned due to bad weather

1:39pm Friday 25th July 2014

Watford have confirmed they will only be playing St Albans City tomorrow.

Carroll sidelined for four months

This Is Local London:

10:14am Friday 25th July 2014

Andy Carroll will miss the start of the season after being ruled out for four months following surgery on his left ankle.

VIDEO: Keston boxing champion David Haye presents the weather - for dogs

This Is Local London:

1:33pm Friday 25th July 2014

When you have been champion of the world like Keston’s David Haye, what’s next? Presenting the world’s first weather forecast for dogs, of course.

Hard slog for Twickenham as Teddington steal a march in title race

This Is Local London:

1:00pm Friday 25th July 2014

Twickenham batsman Simon Dunning gets his weight behind things on the Green on Saturday as his 38 – along with 56 from skipper Carlos Nunes – helped his side recover from 15-5 to reach 153 all out in their Middlesex County League Premier Division top of the table clash with Teddington.

AFC Wimbledon boss has a message for his "strutting" wannabes

This Is Local London:

12:21pm Friday 25th July 2014

While Neal Ardley was left generally pleased with the 2-1 win over Sutton United on Tuesday night, he still has reasons to be knock his Dons players down a peg or two.

In May, Kennedy was injured, without a club and facing uncertainty, but now... Opportunity comes Callum

This Is Local London:

10:28am Friday 25th July 2014

When Callum Kennedy fell victim to the annual end of season Dons player cull, he thought his time at the Cherry Red Records stadium had come to an end.

Tiffin schoolgirl Mehmet: I could have won English amateur title

This Is Local London:

7:00am Friday 25th July 2014

Tiffin Girls’ School student Inci Mehmet admitted two tee shots cost her English Women’s Amateur Championship title last week.

On this date in Watford FC history

This Is Local London:

5:30am Friday 25th July 2014

Two 15 year olds played for Watford eight years ago today.

Sannino: When season starts we'll do our proper job

This Is Local London:

10:48pm Thursday 24th July 2014

Beppe Sannino says Watford will do their “proper job” when the Championship campaign begins on August 9 but was pleased the Hornets sent their fans home happy after a 1-0 friendly victory at Boreham Wood.

Deeney absent as Hornets overcome Wood

This Is Local London:

9:23pm Thursday 24th July 2014

With Troy Deeney absent, Matej Vydra gave Hornets fans a timely reminder of his goal-scoring capabilities as he netted the only goal in Watford’s 1-0 pre-season victory at Boreham Wood.

Deeney left out of Watford squad to face Boreham Wood

This Is Local London:

6:52pm Thursday 24th July 2014

Troy Deeney will not feature for Watford against Boreham Wood this evening, despite being included on the initial squad list to face Ian Allinson's side.

Watford have not accepted any Deeney bids despite another offer

This Is Local London: Troy Deeney will hope to find the net against lowly Barnsley this weekend: Dave Peters

2:13pm Thursday 24th July 2014

The Hornets have still not accepted any offers for Troy Deeney despite an increased bid from a Premier League side, the Watford Observer understands.

Andrews joins Hornets on loan

This Is Local London:

1:18pm Thursday 24th July 2014

Watford have signed midfielder Keith Andrews from Bolton Wanderers on a season-long loan deal.

Bawling expected to sign Crawley deal

This Is Local London:

4:25pm Thursday 24th July 2014

Former Watford winger Bobson Bawling is expected to sign a contract with League One side Crawley Town.



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