Watford sign former Liverpool and Manchester City winger Albert Riera

This Is Local London: Albert Riera spent two years at Liverpool between 2008 and 2010. Picture: Action Images Albert Riera spent two years at Liverpool between 2008 and 2010. Picture: Action Images

Watford have completed the signing of former Liverpool and Manchester City winger Albert Riera on a short-term contract, with the player joining Udinese permanently in the summer.

The 31-year-old, who can also play at left back, was unattached after leaving Turkish club Galatasaray in January.

Udinese have confirmed Riera will join them in July but we understand there is a good chance the player could remain with Watford next season if all parties agree.

Riera finalised the move yesterday and is training with his new team-mates for the first time today.

The Hornets have lacked experience this season and the club were keen to add another older player following the departure of Lucas Neill yesterday.

Watford, who usually play in a 3-5-2, are also short of wing-backs as Marco Cassetti has often been used at centre half and Ikechi Anya has been playing up front due to injuries.

Watford are awaiting international clearance on the signing.

The Hornets will be Riera’s eighth club and his third in England. He's previously had spells with both Manchester City and Liverpool.

Riera, who has 16 caps for Spain, can play either as a left midfielder or a left wing-back.

Most recently, the 31-year-old turned out for Roberto Mancini’s Galatasaray. He joined the Turkish club for just under £2.5m in 2011 and had made 13 appearances this season before departing in January. 

Riera, who was linked with a move to Premier League club West Bromwich Albion before joining Watford, made his debut in 2001 for RCD Mallorca,

He originally started as a striker before moving to a left midfield role.

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11:32am Thu 27 Mar 14

matey_from_brighton says...

interesting. Hopefully we will get to see him play this year and it signals the end of Faraoni who is not good enough.
interesting. Hopefully we will get to see him play this year and it signals the end of Faraoni who is not good enough. matey_from_brighton
  • Score: -23

11:48am Thu 27 Mar 14

The BestTrip2011 says...

Blimey! Quality player.
Blimey! Quality player. The BestTrip2011
  • Score: 29

11:55am Thu 27 Mar 14

Harry's Bar says...

The BestTrip2011 wrote:
Blimey! Quality player.
Is he fit though? Let's not get carried away quite yet.
[quote][p][bold]The BestTrip2011[/bold] wrote: Blimey! Quality player.[/p][/quote]Is he fit though? Let's not get carried away quite yet. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 6

12:05pm Thu 27 Mar 14

ramage1996 says...

matey_from_brighton wrote:
interesting. Hopefully we will get to see him play this year and it signals the end of Faraoni who is not good enough.
I quite like Faraoni, id like to see him next season and he plays on the right whereas Riera plays on the left.


Good signing this, Riera at LWB will be good competition for Pudil who has improved this season.
[quote][p][bold]matey_from_brighton[/bold] wrote: interesting. Hopefully we will get to see him play this year and it signals the end of Faraoni who is not good enough.[/p][/quote]I quite like Faraoni, id like to see him next season and he plays on the right whereas Riera plays on the left. Good signing this, Riera at LWB will be good competition for Pudil who has improved this season. ramage1996
  • Score: 44

12:09pm Thu 27 Mar 14

JohnnyBarnes says...

Harry's Bar wrote:
The BestTrip2011 wrote: Blimey! Quality player.
Is he fit though? Let's not get carried away quite yet.
Well if he's not, he will be by next season... and that is what we're now planning for

Excited for next year already!!!
[quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The BestTrip2011[/bold] wrote: Blimey! Quality player.[/p][/quote]Is he fit though? Let's not get carried away quite yet.[/p][/quote]Well if he's not, he will be by next season... and that is what we're now planning for Excited for next year already!!! JohnnyBarnes
  • Score: 18

12:19pm Thu 27 Mar 14

jasonwatford says...

Sannio out hey ?????
Sannio out hey ????? jasonwatford
  • Score: -39

12:20pm Thu 27 Mar 14

stado99 says...

JohnnyBarnes wrote:
Harry's Bar wrote:
The BestTrip2011 wrote: Blimey! Quality player.
Is he fit though? Let's not get carried away quite yet.
Well if he's not, he will be by next season... and that is what we're now planning for

Excited for next year already!!!
Why? Have you only read the headline?

"with the player joining Udinese permanently in the summer"

So he will stay only till the end of the season to keep himself fit...well thats a reason to get excited.
[quote][p][bold]JohnnyBarnes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The BestTrip2011[/bold] wrote: Blimey! Quality player.[/p][/quote]Is he fit though? Let's not get carried away quite yet.[/p][/quote]Well if he's not, he will be by next season... and that is what we're now planning for Excited for next year already!!![/p][/quote]Why? Have you only read the headline? "with the player joining Udinese permanently in the summer" So he will stay only till the end of the season to keep himself fit...well thats a reason to get excited. stado99
  • Score: -31

12:54pm Thu 27 Mar 14

tonupchris says...

stado99 wrote:
JohnnyBarnes wrote:
Harry's Bar wrote:
The BestTrip2011 wrote: Blimey! Quality player.
Is he fit though? Let's not get carried away quite yet.
Well if he's not, he will be by next season... and that is what we're now planning for

Excited for next year already!!!
Why? Have you only read the headline?

"with the player joining Udinese permanently in the summer"

So he will stay only till the end of the season to keep himself fit...well thats a reason to get excited.
Have you not read the article either?! It does say it is quite likely that he will come back next season if all parties agree
[quote][p][bold]stado99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JohnnyBarnes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The BestTrip2011[/bold] wrote: Blimey! Quality player.[/p][/quote]Is he fit though? Let's not get carried away quite yet.[/p][/quote]Well if he's not, he will be by next season... and that is what we're now planning for Excited for next year already!!![/p][/quote]Why? Have you only read the headline? "with the player joining Udinese permanently in the summer" So he will stay only till the end of the season to keep himself fit...well thats a reason to get excited.[/p][/quote]Have you not read the article either?! It does say it is quite likely that he will come back next season if all parties agree tonupchris
  • Score: 40

1:53pm Thu 27 Mar 14

mooneysmagic says...

tonupchris wrote:
stado99 wrote:
JohnnyBarnes wrote:
Harry's Bar wrote:
The BestTrip2011 wrote: Blimey! Quality player.
Is he fit though? Let's not get carried away quite yet.
Well if he's not, he will be by next season... and that is what we're now planning for

Excited for next year already!!!
Why? Have you only read the headline?

"with the player joining Udinese permanently in the summer"

So he will stay only till the end of the season to keep himself fit...well thats a reason to get excited.
Have you not read the article either?! It does say it is quite likely that he will come back next season if all parties agree
I suspect that the idea is to give him a run out with us until the end of the season and if he still retains his previous ability then he will go to Udinese.

If it is felt that he is no longer good enough for Serie A, then he will stay with us next season.
[quote][p][bold]tonupchris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stado99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JohnnyBarnes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The BestTrip2011[/bold] wrote: Blimey! Quality player.[/p][/quote]Is he fit though? Let's not get carried away quite yet.[/p][/quote]Well if he's not, he will be by next season... and that is what we're now planning for Excited for next year already!!![/p][/quote]Why? Have you only read the headline? "with the player joining Udinese permanently in the summer" So he will stay only till the end of the season to keep himself fit...well thats a reason to get excited.[/p][/quote]Have you not read the article either?! It does say it is quite likely that he will come back next season if all parties agree[/p][/quote]I suspect that the idea is to give him a run out with us until the end of the season and if he still retains his previous ability then he will go to Udinese. If it is felt that he is no longer good enough for Serie A, then he will stay with us next season. mooneysmagic
  • Score: 3

2:31pm Thu 27 Mar 14

jasonwatford says...

We sign who we want !!!!!!
We sign who we want !!!!!! jasonwatford
  • Score: 9

2:33pm Thu 27 Mar 14

hogweed says...

Bet he's not fit. Our injuries this season have been a farce.

Hog out
Bet he's not fit. Our injuries this season have been a farce. Hog out hogweed
  • Score: -32

3:32pm Thu 27 Mar 14

ramage1996 says...

hogweed wrote:
Bet he's not fit. Our injuries this season have been a farce.

Hog out
I reckon if they did one of those polls like they do for man of the match on here about who would you not invite to a dinner party, you would get 99% of the vote, you are so negative in every post about Watford FC.

I reckon you are a Luton fan, you were even negative every post last season when we were doing well!
[quote][p][bold]hogweed[/bold] wrote: Bet he's not fit. Our injuries this season have been a farce. Hog out[/p][/quote]I reckon if they did one of those polls like they do for man of the match on here about who would you not invite to a dinner party, you would get 99% of the vote, you are so negative in every post about Watford FC. I reckon you are a Luton fan, you were even negative every post last season when we were doing well! ramage1996
  • Score: 46

3:49pm Thu 27 Mar 14

GLoryHornet29 says...

ramage1996 wrote:
hogweed wrote:
Bet he's not fit. Our injuries this season have been a farce.

Hog out
I reckon if they did one of those polls like they do for man of the match on here about who would you not invite to a dinner party, you would get 99% of the vote, you are so negative in every post about Watford FC.

I reckon you are a Luton fan, you were even negative every post last season when we were doing well!
Well said ramage1996
[quote][p][bold]ramage1996[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hogweed[/bold] wrote: Bet he's not fit. Our injuries this season have been a farce. Hog out[/p][/quote]I reckon if they did one of those polls like they do for man of the match on here about who would you not invite to a dinner party, you would get 99% of the vote, you are so negative in every post about Watford FC. I reckon you are a Luton fan, you were even negative every post last season when we were doing well![/p][/quote]Well said ramage1996 GLoryHornet29
  • Score: 22

3:56pm Thu 27 Mar 14

andyhooked says...

Let's hope that he plays more than 16 minutes before moving on! We do need a balanced and settled side not stop gaps.
Let's hope that he plays more than 16 minutes before moving on! We do need a balanced and settled side not stop gaps. andyhooked
  • Score: 5

4:08pm Thu 27 Mar 14

tommy gunn says...

If this fellow can get match fit pretty quick he could be an exciting addition. He's certainly played with top players throughout his impressive career.
If this fellow can get match fit pretty quick he could be an exciting addition. He's certainly played with top players throughout his impressive career. tommy gunn
  • Score: 6

4:36pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Only 2 Ross Jenkins says...

Man City...Liverpool....
Watford. He's landed on his feet this time.
Man City...Liverpool.... Watford. He's landed on his feet this time. Only 2 Ross Jenkins
  • Score: 30

6:09pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Meadey39 says...

Harry's Bar wrote:
The BestTrip2011 wrote:
Blimey! Quality player.
Is he fit though? Let's not get carried away quite yet.
and he is not a wing back
[quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The BestTrip2011[/bold] wrote: Blimey! Quality player.[/p][/quote]Is he fit though? Let's not get carried away quite yet.[/p][/quote]and he is not a wing back Meadey39
  • Score: 0

6:15pm Thu 27 Mar 14

ramage1996 says...

Meadey39 wrote:
Harry's Bar wrote:
The BestTrip2011 wrote:
Blimey! Quality player.
Is he fit though? Let's not get carried away quite yet.
and he is not a wing back
He played the majority of his time at Man City and Galatasaray as a wing back according to my quick google search..
[quote][p][bold]Meadey39[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The BestTrip2011[/bold] wrote: Blimey! Quality player.[/p][/quote]Is he fit though? Let's not get carried away quite yet.[/p][/quote]and he is not a wing back[/p][/quote]He played the majority of his time at Man City and Galatasaray as a wing back according to my quick google search.. ramage1996
  • Score: 2

6:27pm Thu 27 Mar 14

andyandyandy says...

hogweed wrote:
Bet he's not fit. Our injuries this season have been a farce.

Hog out
Anyone that signs their posts with 'Hog out' is either about 13 years old or a total gimp.
[quote][p][bold]hogweed[/bold] wrote: Bet he's not fit. Our injuries this season have been a farce. Hog out[/p][/quote]Anyone that signs their posts with 'Hog out' is either about 13 years old or a total gimp. andyandyandy
  • Score: 27

6:36pm Thu 27 Mar 14

hogweed says...

To Ramage 1996 and andyandyandy just do one. I have been a fan and a season ticket holder since 1978 and I am entitled to my view. My comment is based on our shocking level of injuries this season and if you think thats negative then tough.

Hog out
To Ramage 1996 and andyandyandy just do one. I have been a fan and a season ticket holder since 1978 and I am entitled to my view. My comment is based on our shocking level of injuries this season and if you think thats negative then tough. Hog out hogweed
  • Score: -30

6:51pm Thu 27 Mar 14

ramage1996 says...

hogweed wrote:
To Ramage 1996 and andyandyandy just do one. I have been a fan and a season ticket holder since 1978 and I am entitled to my view. My comment is based on our shocking level of injuries this season and if you think thats negative then tough.

Hog out
Would you mind giving some indication as to where your season ticket is located in case people might want to avoid that area?! :-D

ramage1996 out
[quote][p][bold]hogweed[/bold] wrote: To Ramage 1996 and andyandyandy just do one. I have been a fan and a season ticket holder since 1978 and I am entitled to my view. My comment is based on our shocking level of injuries this season and if you think thats negative then tough. Hog out[/p][/quote]Would you mind giving some indication as to where your season ticket is located in case people might want to avoid that area?! :-D ramage1996 out ramage1996
  • Score: 23

7:13pm Thu 27 Mar 14

SCMW57 says...

Another journeyman!
What a joke....
Another journeyman! What a joke.... SCMW57
  • Score: -30

8:40pm Thu 27 Mar 14

watfordrick says...

jasonwatford wrote:
We sign who we want !!!!!!
Yeah I seem to remember you getting excited at the start of the season with all the new foreign signings with no experience of Championship football! Do you ever find yourself doing the same things wrong over and over in your own life ?
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: We sign who we want !!!!!![/p][/quote]Yeah I seem to remember you getting excited at the start of the season with all the new foreign signings with no experience of Championship football! Do you ever find yourself doing the same things wrong over and over in your own life ? watfordrick
  • Score: -1

9:51pm Thu 27 Mar 14

bigdave8 says...

How can anyone put a negative spin on this?? Most haven't seen him play yet live. Could be a very good edition .We are starting to build for next season . Think of this as a trial . If he fits in, he stays with us . If he doesn't we haven't lost any think . Win win
How can anyone put a negative spin on this?? Most haven't seen him play yet live. Could be a very good edition .We are starting to build for next season . Think of this as a trial . If he fits in, he stays with us . If he doesn't we haven't lost any think . Win win bigdave8
  • Score: 9

9:54pm Thu 27 Mar 14

bigdave8 says...

Addition..... I'm tired
Addition..... I'm tired bigdave8
  • Score: 1

10:10pm Thu 27 Mar 14

InterludeWFC says...

I was always very impressed with him at Liverpool, even if things didn't work out in the end. At this level, he's a superb addition.

As well as competing with Pudil for the LWB spot, I could see him playing off Deeney, or as part of a front 3 if we're chasing a game. Quality player, and versatile.

Also, how can people possibly have anything negative to say about this signing? He's only been capped for Spain 16 times! Absolutely baffling...
I was always very impressed with him at Liverpool, even if things didn't work out in the end. At this level, he's a superb addition. As well as competing with Pudil for the LWB spot, I could see him playing off Deeney, or as part of a front 3 if we're chasing a game. Quality player, and versatile. Also, how can people possibly have anything negative to say about this signing? He's only been capped for Spain 16 times! Absolutely baffling... InterludeWFC
  • Score: 20

10:30pm Thu 27 Mar 14

ramage1996 says...

InterludeWFC wrote:
I was always very impressed with him at Liverpool, even if things didn't work out in the end. At this level, he's a superb addition.

As well as competing with Pudil for the LWB spot, I could see him playing off Deeney, or as part of a front 3 if we're chasing a game. Quality player, and versatile.

Also, how can people possibly have anything negative to say about this signing? He's only been capped for Spain 16 times! Absolutely baffling...
You are so right mate, 16 caps for currently the best or second best team in the world! Who has played for the biggest team in Turkey and Greece and played for Liverpool and Man City and he is only 31 and he is now going to play for Watford.

Can the people moaning remember Craig Armstrong at left back when we were mid table in League 1?

FFS
[quote][p][bold]InterludeWFC[/bold] wrote: I was always very impressed with him at Liverpool, even if things didn't work out in the end. At this level, he's a superb addition. As well as competing with Pudil for the LWB spot, I could see him playing off Deeney, or as part of a front 3 if we're chasing a game. Quality player, and versatile. Also, how can people possibly have anything negative to say about this signing? He's only been capped for Spain 16 times! Absolutely baffling...[/p][/quote]You are so right mate, 16 caps for currently the best or second best team in the world! Who has played for the biggest team in Turkey and Greece and played for Liverpool and Man City and he is only 31 and he is now going to play for Watford. Can the people moaning remember Craig Armstrong at left back when we were mid table in League 1? FFS ramage1996
  • Score: 15

10:55pm Thu 27 Mar 14

AlanMayeshasscored says...

Hope he is fit, cannot see it as he's not played since at least January . Seems like we always seem to end up with half fit players.
Why when Chris Eagles is available on loan, we go for someone who is only half fit. Hope for the best anyway, if we kiss enough frogs maybe we will find someone eventually whose half decent. Keep the faith !!
Hope he is fit, cannot see it as he's not played since at least January . Seems like we always seem to end up with half fit players. Why when Chris Eagles is available on loan, we go for someone who is only half fit. Hope for the best anyway, if we kiss enough frogs maybe we will find someone eventually whose half decent. Keep the faith !! AlanMayeshasscored
  • Score: -4

11:19pm Thu 27 Mar 14

D.unstable says...

ramage1996 wrote:
hogweed wrote:
To Ramage 1996 and andyandyandy just do one. I have been a fan and a season ticket holder since 1978 and I am entitled to my view. My comment is based on our shocking level of injuries this season and if you think thats negative then tough.

Hog out
Would you mind giving some indication as to where your season ticket is located in case people might want to avoid that area?! :-D

ramage1996 out
Or most likely soil the area before you get there, ha ha!!!

Stable Off
[quote][p][bold]ramage1996[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hogweed[/bold] wrote: To Ramage 1996 and andyandyandy just do one. I have been a fan and a season ticket holder since 1978 and I am entitled to my view. My comment is based on our shocking level of injuries this season and if you think thats negative then tough. Hog out[/p][/quote]Would you mind giving some indication as to where your season ticket is located in case people might want to avoid that area?! :-D ramage1996 out[/p][/quote]Or most likely soil the area before you get there, ha ha!!! Stable Off D.unstable
  • Score: 6

11:36pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Henry VIII says...

I must admit I am becoming a tad confused. Firstly we signed Lucas Neill all for the grand sum of six minutes, signed for his experience which he is now sharing with Doncaster Rovers... perhaps he has started collecting Football League key rings? Now we sign a 31 year old, who while he has clearly played at the top level, will take at least four games to get up to par if he hasn't played since January. I thought the Pozzo model was all about signing a more raw young type of player. I fully understand the comments by Interlude and Ramage, all I would add is while he clearly has shown he has the skill throughout his excellent career, does he have the legs for the Championship? That is my only concern - I always welcome any new signing and they all deserve more than one chance. Hopefully he is here for longer than Neill. Anyone else seen Bassini is selling his red workman hat on ebay? 4.4m quid, comes with safe keys, Caesar salad and some magic beans.
I must admit I am becoming a tad confused. Firstly we signed Lucas Neill all for the grand sum of six minutes, signed for his experience which he is now sharing with Doncaster Rovers... perhaps he has started collecting Football League key rings? Now we sign a 31 year old, who while he has clearly played at the top level, will take at least four games to get up to par if he hasn't played since January. I thought the Pozzo model was all about signing a more raw young type of player. I fully understand the comments by Interlude and Ramage, all I would add is while he clearly has shown he has the skill throughout his excellent career, does he have the legs for the Championship? That is my only concern - I always welcome any new signing and they all deserve more than one chance. Hopefully he is here for longer than Neill. Anyone else seen Bassini is selling his red workman hat on ebay? 4.4m quid, comes with safe keys, Caesar salad and some magic beans. Henry VIII
  • Score: 7

8:36am Fri 28 Mar 14

Harry's Bar says...

D.unstable wrote:
ramage1996 wrote:
hogweed wrote:
To Ramage 1996 and andyandyandy just do one. I have been a fan and a season ticket holder since 1978 and I am entitled to my view. My comment is based on our shocking level of injuries this season and if you think thats negative then tough.

Hog out
Would you mind giving some indication as to where your season ticket is located in case people might want to avoid that area?! :-D

ramage1996 out
Or most likely soil the area before you get there, ha ha!!!

Stable Off
A bit unnecessary, that's a rather offensive comment. He's only giving his opinions, albeit always negative.
[quote][p][bold]D.unstable[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ramage1996[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hogweed[/bold] wrote: To Ramage 1996 and andyandyandy just do one. I have been a fan and a season ticket holder since 1978 and I am entitled to my view. My comment is based on our shocking level of injuries this season and if you think thats negative then tough. Hog out[/p][/quote]Would you mind giving some indication as to where your season ticket is located in case people might want to avoid that area?! :-D ramage1996 out[/p][/quote]Or most likely soil the area before you get there, ha ha!!! Stable Off[/p][/quote]A bit unnecessary, that's a rather offensive comment. He's only giving his opinions, albeit always negative. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 1

9:10am Fri 28 Mar 14

northofwatfordpete says...

Could be a great signing and if he still has enough pace and is interested should make a difference.
Could be a great signing and if he still has enough pace and is interested should make a difference. northofwatfordpete
  • Score: 3

9:29am Fri 28 Mar 14

bristol hornet says...

SCMW57 wrote:
Another journeyman!
What a joke....
You are as bad as Buckler and LutonDown!!

Surprised they have not surfaced with negative comments too.
[quote][p][bold]SCMW57[/bold] wrote: Another journeyman! What a joke....[/p][/quote]You are as bad as Buckler and LutonDown!! Surprised they have not surfaced with negative comments too. bristol hornet
  • Score: 3

9:32am Fri 28 Mar 14

neilhorn says...

he is a very high quality player, but it takes more than that. He'll need to show commitment like the quality loanees did last season, or he'll be no use. Lets see how Sannino handles him
he is a very high quality player, but it takes more than that. He'll need to show commitment like the quality loanees did last season, or he'll be no use. Lets see how Sannino handles him neilhorn
  • Score: 4

4:05pm Fri 28 Mar 14

LifeLongHornet says...

Too many arguments on these pages. It seems like a collective of aggressive Watford fans.
Too many arguments on these pages. It seems like a collective of aggressive Watford fans. LifeLongHornet
  • Score: 1

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