Ex-Inter Milan free agent rejected QPR, on Watford radar

Gaby Mudingayi has revealed that he turned down moves to QPR and Watford over the summer.

The 17-capped Belgian international was last seen playing in Italy, making just one appearance for Inter Milan since signing a permanent deal with the club last summer.

Since moving to Serie A in 2004, the 33-year-old has enjoyed spells with Torino, Lazio and Bolgna, before joining Inter on loan in 2012, signing for the club permanently in 2013. He enjoyed his best run of first-team football during his career whilst with Bologna, making over 150 appearances in a four-year stay with the club.

He left Inter over the summer, and, despite receiving a number of offers, he has yet to find a club. Quoted by Sky Sports, Mudingayi revealed to Gazzetta dello Sport that he turned down a host of clubs during the transfer window, including Premier League side QPR and Championship pace-setters Watford - who are still in talks with the midfielder.

He said: “QPR’s offer didn’t convince me.

“In June, I refused Watford because I was waiting on an offer in Serie A. But they are still first in line.

“I negotiated with Palermo but they then signed [Luca] Rigoni.

“Then there was India. [David] Trezeguet’s club wanted me, but I love football too much to play there now.”

Watford were said to be interested in adding another midfielder to their ranks during the summer, although no names were revealed. Despite the Hornets now on to their fourth manager of the season, the director of football set-up at the club means that the deal could still be on the cards for the coming weeks, regardless of who is acting in the role of head coach.

Mudingayi played just once for Inter last season, and he has cleared the air regarding rumours that he left the club due to injury.

He added: “Many people think I am injured because I didn’t play at Inter, but I recovered one year ago.”

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