Deadline Day: Belgian forward has Watford medical

Club Brugge forward Obbi Oulare is set to join Watford on a season-long loan, according to Sky Sports.

The Hornets also have the option to make Oulare’s switch permanent; he’s valued at around €7 million.

The 19-year-old featured for Club Brugge in their Champions League qualifier against Manchester United last month, but has fallen out with head coach Michel Preud’homme.

Watford reportedly faced competition for his signature from Queens Park Rangers, West Ham United and Wolves.

Deadline Day: Doucoure, Ibarbo in, Angella, Vydra out?

Watford are expected to be one of the Premier League’s busiest side’s on deadline day – with at least two signings imminent -while a number of players are set to leave the club.

The Hornets are set to seal a £7 million move for Rennes midifielder Abdoulaye Doucoure.

The 22-year-old midfielder, who has been capped by France at Under-21 level, reportedly drew interest from Chelsea last summer and is set to undergo a medical before today’s transfer deadline.

Also due to undergo a medical today is AS Roma forward Victor Ibarbo.

The Colombia international has, according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, agreed personal terms ahead of a medical this morning.

Gabrielle Angella, Matej Vydra and Essaid Belkalem are expected to follow Miguel Layun out of Vicarage Road today, while Juan Carlos Paredes is another name thought to be surplus to requirements.

Watford have accepted a £6 million offer from Sheffield Wednesday for Vydra, according to reports, leaving the Czech Republic international free to join up with former team-mates Fernando Forestieri, Daniel Pudil and Lewis McGugan.

Meanwhile, Gabriele Angella will complete a move to Queens Park Rangers, subject to a medical, as reported by West London Sport.

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Deadline Day: Layun leaves Watford for Porto

Watford midfielder Miguel Layun has joined FC Porto on a season-long loan deal.

Porto also have the option to to by the 27-year-old for a fee of €6 million.

Layun, who can play on the left-hand side of defence or in the midfield, joined Watford from Granada in January and made a total of 17 appearances as the Hornets won promotion to the Premier League.

The Mexico international scored the Vicarage Road outfit’s opening goal of the Premier League season as they drew 2-2 at Everton.

Layun told Porto’s official website: “I feel great, happy to be here and to be part of this great team, that is used to fighting for the biggest goals, due to their greatness.

“I am eager to start training, to be at the same level as my teammates and to fight for a spot in the starting team.”

Watford open talks over £8 million Ligue 1 star

Watford have contacted Ligue 1 side Rennes over a possible £8 million move for Abdoulaye Doucoure, according to the Daily Mail.

The 22-year-old midfielder, who has been capped by France at Under-21 level, reportedly drew interest from Chelsea last summer.

The Hornets will need to offload players if they are to bring in any new signings from overseas, however, as Premier League clubs can name a maximum of 17 non-homegrown players in a 25-man squad.

Matej Vydra and Fernando Forestieri, who started Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup defeat to Preston North End, have been linked with moves away from Vicarage Road with several more likely to follow before the transfer window closes.

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Flores vows to correct Watford’s mistakes

Watford head coach Quique Sanchez Flores says his side will learn a lot from their Capital One Cup exit.

Marnick Vermijl’s eighth-minute goal was enough for Championship outfit Preston North End to earn a shock 1-0 win at Deepdale on Tuesday.

The Hornets’ lacklustre performance was rounded off by the dismissal of debutant Miguel Britos on 78 minutes.

“We’re disappointed with the result,” Flores told the club’s official website.

“In the second half we had reached a point where we were close to the goal and we had two or three very clear attempts in different situations, but in this moment we received the sending off of Britos and after that it was very difficult to play 10 against 11.

“We tried to work hard, and we have learnt a lot. We tried to use this match to check players because it is very important to know how they are involved, so for us it is good information we have from the game.

“Some players haven’t played an official match in a long time, only in pre-season, so it is important to know this kind of information because it is different to the information we receive every single day in the training ground.”

Flores made whoilesale changes to his starting line-up that drew 0-0 against Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday.

And the former Atletico Madrid boss said he found out a lot about his squad.

“The information we take after this match is good because we can correct the players,” added the Spaniard.

“When the players are playing every weekend it’s different because they feel involved in the team, they know the mechanism of the system and the shape.

“But sometimes when you are watching the match as a player outside the pitch it is a little bit different, it is a bit complicated sometimes to work well on the pitch.

“We will correct all the mistakes, and when you lose sometimes it is very easy to learn.”