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Hornets defender wanted in France The 25-year-old has yet to make an appearance for the Hornets following his arrival from Granada in 2017, spending the entirety of last season on loan with Ligue 1 side Strasbourg.

Watford failed with Barcelona raid Reports in Spain have now emerged claiming Watford tried to land Spaniard Alcacer on a two-year loan agreement with a view to a permanent move but were unable to agree upon the terms of the switch, despite Barcelona being open to letting him leave.

Valladolid to test Hornets reslve to keep Okaka Clubs in Europe have until August 31 to conclude their summer transfer business and they can still take players from Premier League teams despite the English window closing last Thursday. And Spanish La Liga outfit Valladolid are now poised to make bid for Okaka, who has been linked with a move away from Vicarage Road throughout the summer.

Gray talks up Deeney partnership Gray and skipper Deeney looked like a strong pairing for Watford's opening game of the season as they were able to overcome Brighton with a 2-0 win at Vicarage Road. Having linked up well throughout the encounter against the Seagulls, the 27-year-old feels their partnership will go from strength to strength the more they play together.

Domingos Quina snubbed Real Madrid and Barcelona to sign for Watford - and here's why Quina, 18, opted to join Watford in a £1m move from West Ham even though the Spanish giants were both keen to sign the midfielder who had just won the European under-19 championships with Portugal. Barcelona executive Pep Moratalla was in charge of trying to sign him while Juni Calafat tried to broker a move to Real Madrid.

Mariappa commits to new Watford contract Adrian Mariappa has signed a new two-year contract with Watford, the Premier League club have announced. The Jamaica international defender is in his second spell at Vicarage Road and has agreed terms on a deal that runs until 2020.

Mariappa extends Hornets stay Since making his professional debut for Watford back in 2005, Mariappa has since gone on to play 285 times for the club, making 38 appearances since returning two years ago for his second stint following spells at Reading and Crystal Palace.

Pereyra's the man to fill Hornets' Richarlison gap for Gracia The Hornets boss was looking to the Argentinian to step up to the plate this season having sold Brazilian star Richarlison to Everton over the summer. And he is delighted at his start after Pereyra scored either side of half-time to wrap up a 2-0 win against Brighton at Vicarage Road.

Murray hoping for quick response 'I don't feel as though we got much service or many balls in the box.'

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action Guendouzi is one of Arsenal’s few reasons to be cheerful, Naby Keïta is a thrilling talent no matter whose shirt he’s wearing, and Richarlison already looks worth the money.

The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos Your weekend round-up of the best photography from England’s top flight.

Match winner Roberto Pereyra living up to 'top quality' billing from Watford team-mate Will Hughes For the first time in a Watford shirt, Roberto Pereyra looked like a man with a Champions League final on his CV - but that was no surprise to team-mate Will Hughes.

Hughton admits concern after Seagulls defeat We can't have any complaints about new players settling in because, apart from Bernardo, it was last season's team. 'There are no excuses, the players who played today know the system well.' This could well prove to be an even more damaging defeat come the end of September, with four of Brighton's next six games against last season's top four.

Watford 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion Goalkeeper Ben Foster made his first Premier League appearance for Watford since May 2007 and the ex-England stopper had a comfortable afternoon as Brighton couldn't muster a single shot on target in 90 minutes.

Watford 2-0 Brighton - LIVE - as it happened Watford 2-0 BrightonPremier League 2018/19 Vicarage Road. Roberto Pereyra began the season in spectacular style with two goals as Watford sank sorry Brighton 2-0. The Argentinian midfielder scored a superb volley and fine curler to ensure the Hornets got their campaign off to an encouraging start.

Roberto Pereyra double helps give Watford the perfect start Roberto Pereyra’s two goals give Watford a 2-0 win over Brighton at Vicarage Road.

Huddersfield v Chelsea, Fulham v Palace and more: Saturday clockwatch – live! Get all the latest from the 3pm kick-offs on the opening day of the Premier League season and beyond with John Brewin.

A Watford Perspective - Transfer Round Up Now Permanent Window Is Shut 15 days ago I wrote a piece on the completed transfers to date at Watford. That all seems like a lifetime ago considering all the highs and lows Watford fans experienced on transfer deadline day.

Watford v Brighton & Hove Albion: match preview Brighton look likely to hand record signing Alireza Jahanbakhsh his debut against Watford who will be looking to survive another season in the Premier League.

Watford v Brighton & Hove Albion Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between Watford and Brighton and Hove Albion.

Best Bets of the Weekend: Premier League Matchday 1 The Premier League is back, and we've trawled the markets for our best bets of the opening weekend, including a 25/1 acca.

Watford tie up swoop for Portuguese teen The 18-year-old attacking midfielder has moved to Vicarage Road on a four-year deal from the London Stadium. The former Benfica and Chelsea academy player made four senior appearances for the Hammers last season, all in the cups, after making his first-team debut in July 2016 against Domzale in the Europa League.

Premier League: 10 things to look out for on the opening weekend Manchester United and Leicester under pressure to start well, Emery’s formidable opening task, heightened ambitions for Brighton and Wolves.

Andone and Izquierdo to miss Seagulls' Watford opener Romanian forward Andone has a groin injury, while Colombian winger Izquierdo has been given extra time to gain fitness following his involvement at the World Cup. 'Andone is still not quite there, we expect him to train tomorrow or Monday, and Izquierdo hasn't quite made it,' said boss Chris Hughton.

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