Watford signed Abdoulaye Doucoure from Rennes on deadline day for a club record fee of £7.6million though fresh reports from Hertfordshire revealed the actual transfer fee to around £4.5million. The France youth international was immediately packed off to Granada on loan, and Quique Sanchez Flores has now given updates about his loan move and Vicarage Road return.

The Spanish manager reinstated that they have been monitoring the 23-year-old midfielder since last summer and added that he had to send him to the Pozzo-family in Spain owned club until the end of the season thanks to Premier League’s restriction on the number of foreign players a club can have.

“We have been following Abdoulaye Doucoure from a long time ago; we have been talking about him since last summer, and we have signed a very good player for the future,” said the Watford gaffer. “However, we have a lot of players, who can play in his position, so we will keep the same players for this year.”

Sanchez Flores expressed his delight over the arrival of top-class players and relished the thought of the London club growing in terms of prominence. He also stated that the Hornets could now lure Europe’s best footballers to their dressing room – despite enjoying top-flight football for only the first time in eight seasons.

“We are very happy to have signed Nordin Amrabat, Costel Pantilimon, Mario Suarez, Adalberto Penaranda and Abdoulaye Doucoure – one of the best young players in Europe. Fans should be happy because Watford are growing, and a lot of players want to play for Watford.”

Watford currently sit tenth in the Premier League table and are well in contention to play top-flight football for yet another season, having amassed 32 points already. They entertain resurgent Chelsea on Wednesday night and will hope to get something out of the game after putting an end to their winless streak with back-to-back victories over Newcastle United and Nottingham Forest.

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