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The List. 10/07/2015

Posted by Matt Rowson in Thoughts about things.

You’ll all be painfully aware of this… but there’s no shortage of players being linked with the Orns as we prepare for life in the Premier League.  Nobody of quite the status of Hristo Stoichkov or Lothar Matthäus as in 1999…  but an exotic bunch of names nonetheless.


The list comprises the 108 names linked with the Hornets over the summer of 2015.

Running Total:  108

Marco Motta (unsigned)                              – RELEASED
Adlène Guedioura (Palace)                          – SIGNED
Sime Vrsaljko (Sassuolo)
Michael Essien (Milan)                                – (Joined Panathinaikos)
Paul Jose M’Poku (Al Arabi)                       – (Joined Chievo on loan)
Giedrius Arlauskis (Steaua Bucharest)     – SIGNED
Micah Richards (Manchester City)            – (Joined Aston Villa)
Younes Kaboul (Tottenham Hotspur)      – (Joined Sunderland)
Adnane Tighadouini (NAC Breda)            – (Joined Malaga)
Derik Osede (Real Madrid)                         – (Joined Bolton)
Joe Bennett (Aston Villa)                            – (Joined Bournemouth on loan)
Jem Karacan (Reading)                               – (Joined Galatasaray)
Antonio di Natale (Udinese)
Mirko Pigliacelli (Frosinone)
Mauricio Isla (Juventus)                            – (Joined Marseille)
Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal)
Kieran Trippier (Burnley)                           – (Joined Spurs)
Anthony Mounier (Montpellier)                – (Joined Bologna)
Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace)
Thomas Heurtaux (Udinese)
Rudy Gestede (Blackburn)                           – (Joined Aston Villa)
Daniele Dessena (Cagliari)
Luca Cigarini (Atalanta)
Sebastian Proedl (Werder Bremen)            – SIGNED
Henri Bedimo (Lyon)
Benjamin Stambouli (Tottenham)              – (Joined Paris SG)
Curtis Davies (Hull City)
Ali Adnan (Udinese)
Joey Barton (QPR)                                          – (Joined Burnley)
Diego Perotti (Genoa)
John Guidetti (Manchester City)                  – (Joined Celta Vigo)
Scott Arfield (Burnley)                                   – (signed new contract)
Pablo Sarabia (Getafe)
Etienne Capoue (Tottenham)                        – SIGNED
Gabriel Silva (Udinese)                                  – (Joined Carpi on loan)
Kamil Wilczek (Piast Gliwice)                       – (Joined Carpi)
Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese)
Alex Geijo (Udinese)
Alvaro Vazquez (Getafe)
Sergio Escudero (Getafe)                               – (Joined Sevilla)
Oriol Romeu (Chelsea)                                  – (Joined Southampton)
Marko Basa (Lille)
Abdisalam Ibrahim (Olympiakos)             – (Joined Veria)
Mohamed Salah (Chelsea)                           – (Joined Roma on loan)
Zdravko Kuzmanovic (Inter)                        – (Joined Basel)
Xavi Torres (Real Betis)
Alfred Finnbogason (Real Sociedad)         – (Joined Olympiakos on loan)
Paulinho (Tottenham)                                   – (Joined Guangzhou)
Vladimir Darida (SC Freiburg)                    – (Joined Hertha BSC)
Reece James (Manchester United)             – (Joined Wigan)
Davide Santon (Inter)
Cristian Ledesma (Lazio)                             – (Joined Santos)
Mattia Destro (Roma)                                  – (Joined Bologna)
Jose Holebas (Roma)                                     – SIGNED
Robbie Brady (Hull City)                               – (Joined Norwich)
Nene (Unattached – ex West Ham)             – (Joined Vasco da Gama)
Moussa Konaté (Sion)
Allan Nyom (Udinese)                                   – SIGNED
Dries Mertens (Napoli)
Miguel Britos (Napoli)                                  – SIGNED
Gokhan Inler (Napoli)                                  – (Joined Leicester)
Max Gradel (Saint Etienne)                        – (Joined Bournemouth)
Davide Zappacosta (Atalanta)                    – (Joined Torino)
Cedric Bakambu (Bursaspor)                    – (Joined Villarreal)
Seydou Doumbia (Roma) – (Joined CSKA Moscow on loan)
Tranquillo Barnetta (Schalke)                     – (Joined Philadelphia)
Stefano Okaka (Sampdoria)                        – (Joined Anderlecht)
Valon Behrami (Hamburg)                           – SIGNED
Saphir Taider (Inter)                                      – (Joined Bologna on loan)
Paolo de Ceglie (Juventus)                           – (Joined Marseille)
Alessandro Diamanti (Guangzhou)           – SIGNED ON LOAN
Issa Cissokho (Nantes)                                 – (Joined Genoa)
Gervinho (Roma)
Lex Immers (Feyenoor d)
Zakarya Bergdich (Real Valladolid)           – (Joined Charlton)
Steven Berghuis (AZ67 Alkmaar)               – SIGNED
Garath McCleary (Reading)
Jean-Christophe Bahebeck (Paris SG) – (Joined St Etienne)
Jose Manuel Jurado (Spartak Moscow)     – SIGNED
Nathan Ake (Chelsea)                                   – SIGNED ON LOAN
Jordan Veretout (Nantes)                            – (Joined Aston Villa)
Ismael Diomandé (St Etienne)
Felipe Avenatti (Ternana)
Mattias Johansson (AZ67 Alkmaar)
Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City)
Achraf Lazaar (Palermo)
Fabio Daprela (Palermo)
Alessandro Cannataro (Inter)
Rafa Romo (Udinese)                                  – BEEN AND GONE
Mario Balotelli (Liverpool)                        – (Joined AC Milan on loan)
Yoann Gourcuff (ex Lyon)
Tiago Ilori (Liverpool)                                – (Joined Aston Villa on loan)
Will Hughes (Derby County)
Demarai Gray (Birmingham)
Kaan Baysal (ex Galatasaray)
Jesús Gámez (Atlético Madrid)
Abdoulaye Doucouré (Rennes)
Mahatma Atoo (Sogndal)
Elvis Manu (Feyenoord)                             – (Joined Brighton)
Juan Iturbe (Roma)
Fabio Borini (Liverpool)                             – (Joined Sunderland)
Lazar Markovic (Liverpool)                       – (Joined Fenerbahçe on loan)
Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace)
Victor Valdes (Manchester United)
Victor Ibarbo (Cagliari)                                 – SIGNED ON LOAN
Suso (Milan)
Keita Baldé Diao (Lazio)
Obbi Oulare (Club Brugge)                        – SIGNED



1. Nick Corble - 10/07/2015

Good commitment!

2. Mikey - 12/07/2015

Matt – excellent tracking!!!

I first became a Watford supporter when I was 11 years old …

Back in the day we had Jimmy, Bobby, Ken, George, Vince, Sammy, Mickey, Cliff, Dennis, Barry and … Freddie!
See – I remember the entire team from 1958-59-60!!!
How all the names have become richer over the years!

“There’s only one Giedrius Arlauskis …”

Matt Rowson - 12/07/2015

Thanks Mikey. Bit before my time that team… but folk who remember that team do seem to remember it well. There’s something a little bit merciless about being introduced to a team on a high ebb (early eighties for me). Your judgement is forever coloured…

3. Mike Smith - 27/07/2015

Yes I too remember that team. I was 14.
Surnames are Linton, Bell, Nicholas, Catlaugh, McNeice, Chung, Benning, Holton, Uphill, Hartle & Bunce.
No subs in those days & we changed from blue to old gold for the 59-60 season.
A tribute to Wolves I believe.
I still have a rattle that says Up the Blues!
And loads of programmes Over 950.
For all you youngsters (that’s those under 50) these are exciting heady days. I never thought I’d see a decent Stand on the East side & spending 10 million quid on 2 players. Enjoy,
Mike Smith

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