Watford boss Beppe Sannino still hopeful of landing another midfielder before transfer window closes

Beppe Sannino is keen to keep Davide Faraoni despite interest from Italy. Picture: Action Images

Beppe Sannino is keen to keep Davide Faraoni despite interest from Italy. Picture: Action Images

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Watford remain hopeful they can sign a holding midfielder before the end of the January transfer window next week.

The defensive midfield role has been a problem position for much of this season following the surprise departure of Jonathan Hogg and the Hornets have been looking for a replacement throughout the campaign, with loanees temporarily filling the void.

Watford are still in dialogue with Fulham’s Derek Boateng, who looked set to join the club on loan last week before the move stalled, and they have not given up hope of bringing in Samba Diakite from Queens Park Rangers, despite R’s boss Harry Redknapp claiming the player would not be leaving the club.

Fulham boss René Meulensteen today confirmed Watford were still in “ongoing discussions” with 30-year-old Boateng, as are French club Evian.

The combative midfielder is keen to secure first-team football to earn a place in Ghana’s World Cup squad this summer.

As for Diakite, who turns 25 tomorrow, he had been frozen out by Redknapp for several months and has only appeared once for the R’s this season – and that came in the Capital One Cup in August when he was substituted in the 56th minute.

However, a number of injuries saw Diakite return to the QPR squad on Saturday as an unused substitute.

Before the match, Redknapp told West London Sport: “No, he’s not [joining Watford]. He’s in the squad for tomorrow.

“He played for the reserves in midweek and played very well. He’s a player that might be very much back in the picture again now.

“Hopefully we can get him going and get the best out of him, and if we can he’s a very good player.”

However, a source told us that Watford remained hopeful of signing Diakite despite Redknapp’s claims.

And Hornets head coach Beppe Sannino, who is usually reluctant to discuss transfers, today admitted: “I am lacking in the midfield. So this could be an area that we would like to boost.”

When asked if he hoped to sign a midfielder before the January transfer window closed next Friday, he replied: “I would like a lot of things but I can only ask for a few. My philosophy as a coach is to try to do the best with the players that are currently at the club.”

It was reported the Hornets were one of three Championship clubs who contacted Chelsea about loaning highly-rated Nathan Ake, who can play in defensive midfield and defence.

But, whilst we understand Watford did try to sign Ake under Gianfranco Zola, a source has told us the Hornets are not one of the clubs who have contacted Chelsea about loaning the Dutchman during this transfer window.

We understand Watford had also been keen to land a pacey striker this month but, as yet, have had no joy.

They were linked with Siena’s Niccolo Giannetti by Italian media but we understand no approach had been made when we went to print this evening.

One striker who the Golden Boys are trying to sign is Lens’ talented teenager David Faupala.
A source yesterday confirmed the Hornets are interested in securing a deal for the 16-year-old, who reportedly walked out of training on Monday.

Faupala has a strong reputation in France after impressing for the Under-17 and Under-16  national teams.

The Hornets have reportedly offered Faupala a four-year deal and the player's agent, Jennifer Mendelewitsch, says the youngster is keen on a move to Vicarage Road.

“This is no passing fancy, it is a footballing choice, he wants to play,” she told L'Equipe.

“David has a problem with some coaches. He feels exploited, just like his parents, by the club that has educated him.”

Lens director of training Pascal Planque insists however Faupala is not for sale, saying there is “no question he leaves”.

Watford midfielder Cristian Battocchio will almost certainly remain after being on the verge of leaving the club last week.

Davide Faraoni was another player linked with a loan move away, with Torino among the Italian clubs interested in the wing-back.

But Sannino said: “Faraoni will be with me [at Manchester City]. He is playing on Saturday so I can talk until Saturday when he will be with me.

“Faraoni is a Watford player and I am very happy he is here.”

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6:56pm Thu 23 Jan 14

helGODson says...

Mmm!! - How about a quick, 20 goal a season striker (to replace Vydra)?
We need a tricky, pacy front man far more urgently than
another midfielder...
Mmm!! - How about a quick, 20 goal a season striker (to replace Vydra)? We need a tricky, pacy front man far more urgently than another midfielder... helGODson
  • Score: 6

6:59pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Feff says...

Why didn't we go for Danny Graham or Kevin Phillips? Teenagers are not the answer to the problem as to who can play with Deeney or, even, replace him.
Why didn't we go for Danny Graham or Kevin Phillips? Teenagers are not the answer to the problem as to who can play with Deeney or, even, replace him. Feff
  • Score: -10

7:47pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Goalkeepers Union says...

What is our infatuation with a midfielder, granted we arguably need to have a stronger def. midfielder, but I would say we need a striker first and foremost. Why can't our recruiters (Mr Nani) see what everyone else can see??
What is our infatuation with a midfielder, granted we arguably need to have a stronger def. midfielder, but I would say we need a striker first and foremost. Why can't our recruiters (Mr Nani) see what everyone else can see?? Goalkeepers Union
  • Score: 4

9:22pm Thu 23 Jan 14

DJWFC123 says...

When is someone going to point the finger at Nani for his poor transfer dealings which have effected the clubs success?
We can't always blame the managers, the guy whom is recruiting needs to stand up and be counted too??
When is someone going to point the finger at Nani for his poor transfer dealings which have effected the clubs success? We can't always blame the managers, the guy whom is recruiting needs to stand up and be counted too?? DJWFC123
  • Score: 7

9:33pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Kismet110 says...

We DO need a DMF though as the only one we have is injured at the moment.

And agreed, Nani or whoever not securing a proper pacy support striker has cost us this season - I know it's easier said then done but come on, worldwide scouting network and all that?
We DO need a DMF though as the only one we have is injured at the moment. And agreed, Nani or whoever not securing a proper pacy support striker has cost us this season - I know it's easier said then done but come on, worldwide scouting network and all that? Kismet110
  • Score: 4

7:51am Fri 24 Jan 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

Kismet110 wrote:
We DO need a DMF though as the only one we have is injured at the moment.

And agreed, Nani or whoever not securing a proper pacy support striker has cost us this season - I know it's easier said then done but come on, worldwide scouting network and all that?
How long is he out for? Was playing really well before injury. Do we really want to replace him with an unknown quantity who wants a guaranteed first team place ?

What we do really need is a nippy forward who can stretch a back line. Wells would have been a great signing.
[quote][p][bold]Kismet110[/bold] wrote: We DO need a DMF though as the only one we have is injured at the moment. And agreed, Nani or whoever not securing a proper pacy support striker has cost us this season - I know it's easier said then done but come on, worldwide scouting network and all that?[/p][/quote]How long is he out for? Was playing really well before injury. Do we really want to replace him with an unknown quantity who wants a guaranteed first team place ? What we do really need is a nippy forward who can stretch a back line. Wells would have been a great signing. Mickey Quinn, not so thin
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8:03am Fri 24 Jan 14

Goalkeepers Union says...

Anyone else starting to question Mr Nani's recruitment policy? This is one of the top bug bears for WHU fans when he was there...money spent on not very good players in positions that they already had players for!!!
Anyone else starting to question Mr Nani's recruitment policy? This is one of the top bug bears for WHU fans when he was there...money spent on not very good players in positions that they already had players for!!! Goalkeepers Union
  • Score: 5

9:43am Fri 24 Jan 14

SAHornet says...

Goalkeepers Union wrote:
Anyone else starting to question Mr Nani's recruitment policy? This is one of the top bug bears for WHU fans when he was there...money spent on not very good players in positions that they already had players for!!!
Gino working at the club full time now and will soon suss Nani out if he's failiing in his recruitment duties
[quote][p][bold]Goalkeepers Union[/bold] wrote: Anyone else starting to question Mr Nani's recruitment policy? This is one of the top bug bears for WHU fans when he was there...money spent on not very good players in positions that they already had players for!!![/p][/quote]Gino working at the club full time now and will soon suss Nani out if he's failiing in his recruitment duties SAHornet
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9:45am Fri 24 Jan 14

JohnnyBarnes says...

If pacy strikers with an eye for goal were readily available for a couple of million, do we not think that every team would have one?!

We were incredibly lucky to have Vydra in the Pozzos' first season in charge, and it seems to have raised expectations among the fans that players like him are ten a penny.

"We understand Watford had also been keen to land a pacey striker this month but, as yet, have had no joy." It really isn't easy.

I agree that Kevin Phillips would have been a good addition, but as good as Danny Graham was for us, I'm not convinced that he's what we need now. Ranegie will be able to hold the ball up and Deeney's at least as strong as DG - it's an Assombolonga-esque striker that we're after, but he was obviously seen as not ready for the Championship so we stop grumbling and move on.

The only disappointment I felt was when Nahki Wells went to Huddersfield. I think he would've been decent. We'll get there though - the management team know what they're doing. I'm still grateful that we've not got Bassini scraping around the non-leagues.
If pacy strikers with an eye for goal were readily available for a couple of million, do we not think that every team would have one?! We were incredibly lucky to have Vydra in the Pozzos' first season in charge, and it seems to have raised expectations among the fans that players like him are ten a penny. "We understand Watford had also been keen to land a pacey striker this month but, as yet, have had no joy." It really isn't easy. I agree that Kevin Phillips would have been a good addition, but as good as Danny Graham was for us, I'm not convinced that he's what we need now. Ranegie will be able to hold the ball up and Deeney's at least as strong as DG - it's an Assombolonga-esque striker that we're after, but he was obviously seen as not ready for the Championship so we stop grumbling and move on. The only disappointment I felt was when Nahki Wells went to Huddersfield. I think he would've been decent. We'll get there though - the management team know what they're doing. I'm still grateful that we've not got Bassini scraping around the non-leagues. JohnnyBarnes
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11:50am Fri 24 Jan 14

Boosey says...

There were loads of posters who slated Hogg when he was here(I am a great fan of his) now he's gone everyone is insisting we need to replace him.
Also nearly all, want a pacey striker and out of the few names mentioned are Philips and Graham!(Pacey?)
These are just a few points the reason why we have a 9-5 job and not a job as a football manager.
There were loads of posters who slated Hogg when he was here(I am a great fan of his) now he's gone everyone is insisting we need to replace him. Also nearly all, want a pacey striker and out of the few names mentioned are Philips and Graham!(Pacey?) These are just a few points the reason why we have a 9-5 job and not a job as a football manager. Boosey
  • Score: 5

4:56pm Fri 24 Jan 14

soulfulhornet says...

JohnnyBarnes wrote:
If pacy strikers with an eye for goal were readily available for a couple of million, do we not think that every team would have one?! We were incredibly lucky to have Vydra in the Pozzos' first season in charge, and it seems to have raised expectations among the fans that players like him are ten a penny. "We understand Watford had also been keen to land a pacey striker this month but, as yet, have had no joy." It really isn't easy. I agree that Kevin Phillips would have been a good addition, but as good as Danny Graham was for us, I'm not convinced that he's what we need now. Ranegie will be able to hold the ball up and Deeney's at least as strong as DG - it's an Assombolonga-esque striker that we're after, but he was obviously seen as not ready for the Championship so we stop grumbling and move on. The only disappointment I felt was when Nahki Wells went to Huddersfield. I think he would've been decent. We'll get there though - the management team know what they're doing. I'm still grateful that we've not got Bassini scraping around the non-leagues.
Agree, pacy strikers don't grow on trees. Even most lower Prem clubs are bereft in this department. We have to remember who we are and where we have come from I think. Financially we are still not out of the woods from the crisis that previous regimes left us with (e.g. the bonds), It will take time and we all need to temper our expectations. After last season many of us, me included got carried away.

On the positive side, I am sure that our owners' scouting network will come up with something if not now in the summer. If they can't then perhaps nobody can.

As regards established strikers like a Jordan Rhodes or David Nugent, their salaries and fees are still out of our price range at this point in time.

As regards lower league players, Nahki Wells would be a gamble and it will be interesting to see how he adapts to the higher level of the Championship. For every Danny Graham there is two or three Joe Garners!

The inflation in prices/wages for British players is frigtenening and the looming FFP does not seem to have quelled it. In the short term, it may even have made matters worse. However we can't complain, as it was this inflation that enabled us to get so much for Britt.
[quote][p][bold]JohnnyBarnes[/bold] wrote: If pacy strikers with an eye for goal were readily available for a couple of million, do we not think that every team would have one?! We were incredibly lucky to have Vydra in the Pozzos' first season in charge, and it seems to have raised expectations among the fans that players like him are ten a penny. "We understand Watford had also been keen to land a pacey striker this month but, as yet, have had no joy." It really isn't easy. I agree that Kevin Phillips would have been a good addition, but as good as Danny Graham was for us, I'm not convinced that he's what we need now. Ranegie will be able to hold the ball up and Deeney's at least as strong as DG - it's an Assombolonga-esque striker that we're after, but he was obviously seen as not ready for the Championship so we stop grumbling and move on. The only disappointment I felt was when Nahki Wells went to Huddersfield. I think he would've been decent. We'll get there though - the management team know what they're doing. I'm still grateful that we've not got Bassini scraping around the non-leagues.[/p][/quote]Agree, pacy strikers don't grow on trees. Even most lower Prem clubs are bereft in this department. We have to remember who we are and where we have come from I think. Financially we are still not out of the woods from the crisis that previous regimes left us with (e.g. the bonds), It will take time and we all need to temper our expectations. After last season many of us, me included got carried away. On the positive side, I am sure that our owners' scouting network will come up with something if not now in the summer. If they can't then perhaps nobody can. As regards established strikers like a Jordan Rhodes or David Nugent, their salaries and fees are still out of our price range at this point in time. As regards lower league players, Nahki Wells would be a gamble and it will be interesting to see how he adapts to the higher level of the Championship. For every Danny Graham there is two or three Joe Garners! The inflation in prices/wages for British players is frigtenening and the looming FFP does not seem to have quelled it. In the short term, it may even have made matters worse. However we can't complain, as it was this inflation that enabled us to get so much for Britt. soulfulhornet
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5:01pm Fri 24 Jan 14

soulfulhornet says...

Boosey wrote:
There were loads of posters who slated Hogg when he was here(I am a great fan of his) now he's gone everyone is insisting we need to replace him. Also nearly all, want a pacey striker and out of the few names mentioned are Philips and Graham!(Pacey?) These are just a few points the reason why we have a 9-5 job and not a job as a football manager.
Yes Jonathan Hogg is a huge miss and the timing in the summer was terrible. Had we had known he was going earlier, I suspect we would have offered Eustace a greater incentive to stay. When John went to Derby in July, he was third in the pecking order for defensive midfield. would have preferred either of those ahead of Thorne/McEachran in that position.
[quote][p][bold]Boosey[/bold] wrote: There were loads of posters who slated Hogg when he was here(I am a great fan of his) now he's gone everyone is insisting we need to replace him. Also nearly all, want a pacey striker and out of the few names mentioned are Philips and Graham!(Pacey?) These are just a few points the reason why we have a 9-5 job and not a job as a football manager.[/p][/quote]Yes Jonathan Hogg is a huge miss and the timing in the summer was terrible. Had we had known he was going earlier, I suspect we would have offered Eustace a greater incentive to stay. When John went to Derby in July, he was third in the pecking order for defensive midfield. would have preferred either of those ahead of Thorne/McEachran in that position. soulfulhornet
  • Score: -1

10:26am Sat 25 Jan 14

JohnnyBarnes says...

soulfulhornet wrote:
JohnnyBarnes wrote:
If pacy strikers with an eye for goal were readily available for a couple of million, do we not think that every team would have one?! We were incredibly lucky to have Vydra in the Pozzos' first season in charge, and it seems to have raised expectations among the fans that players like him are ten a penny. "We understand Watford had also been keen to land a pacey striker this month but, as yet, have had no joy." It really isn't easy. I agree that Kevin Phillips would have been a good addition, but as good as Danny Graham was for us, I'm not convinced that he's what we need now. Ranegie will be able to hold the ball up and Deeney's at least as strong as DG - it's an Assombolonga-esque striker that we're after, but he was obviously seen as not ready for the Championship so we stop grumbling and move on. The only disappointment I felt was when Nahki Wells went to Huddersfield. I think he would've been decent. We'll get there though - the management team know what they're doing. I'm still grateful that we've not got Bassini scraping around the non-leagues.
Agree, pacy strikers don't grow on trees. Even most lower Prem clubs are bereft in this department. We have to remember who we are and where we have come from I think. Financially we are still not out of the woods from the crisis that previous regimes left us with (e.g. the bonds), It will take time and we all need to temper our expectations. After last season many of us, me included got carried away.

On the positive side, I am sure that our owners' scouting network will come up with something if not now in the summer. If they can't then perhaps nobody can.

As regards established strikers like a Jordan Rhodes or David Nugent, their salaries and fees are still out of our price range at this point in time.

As regards lower league players, Nahki Wells would be a gamble and it will be interesting to see how he adapts to the higher level of the Championship. For every Danny Graham there is two or three Joe Garners!

The inflation in prices/wages for British players is frigtenening and the looming FFP does not seem to have quelled it. In the short term, it may even have made matters worse. However we can't complain, as it was this inflation that enabled us to get so much for Britt.
Good post
[quote][p][bold]soulfulhornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JohnnyBarnes[/bold] wrote: If pacy strikers with an eye for goal were readily available for a couple of million, do we not think that every team would have one?! We were incredibly lucky to have Vydra in the Pozzos' first season in charge, and it seems to have raised expectations among the fans that players like him are ten a penny. "We understand Watford had also been keen to land a pacey striker this month but, as yet, have had no joy." It really isn't easy. I agree that Kevin Phillips would have been a good addition, but as good as Danny Graham was for us, I'm not convinced that he's what we need now. Ranegie will be able to hold the ball up and Deeney's at least as strong as DG - it's an Assombolonga-esque striker that we're after, but he was obviously seen as not ready for the Championship so we stop grumbling and move on. The only disappointment I felt was when Nahki Wells went to Huddersfield. I think he would've been decent. We'll get there though - the management team know what they're doing. I'm still grateful that we've not got Bassini scraping around the non-leagues.[/p][/quote]Agree, pacy strikers don't grow on trees. Even most lower Prem clubs are bereft in this department. We have to remember who we are and where we have come from I think. Financially we are still not out of the woods from the crisis that previous regimes left us with (e.g. the bonds), It will take time and we all need to temper our expectations. After last season many of us, me included got carried away. On the positive side, I am sure that our owners' scouting network will come up with something if not now in the summer. If they can't then perhaps nobody can. As regards established strikers like a Jordan Rhodes or David Nugent, their salaries and fees are still out of our price range at this point in time. As regards lower league players, Nahki Wells would be a gamble and it will be interesting to see how he adapts to the higher level of the Championship. For every Danny Graham there is two or three Joe Garners! The inflation in prices/wages for British players is frigtenening and the looming FFP does not seem to have quelled it. In the short term, it may even have made matters worse. However we can't complain, as it was this inflation that enabled us to get so much for Britt.[/p][/quote]Good post JohnnyBarnes
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