Report: Watford closing on deal for Crystal Palace midfielder

Watford are set to complete the loan signing of Crystal Palace midfielder Adlene Guedioura.

Guedioura spent a 36-day loan spell with the Hornets earlier in the season, and it looks as if he could be heading back to Vicarage Road in the coming days.

The former Nottingham Forest star scored two goals in six games during his first stay in Hertfordshire, although he returned to the Eagles following Alan Pardew’s appointment and has been heavily involved in matchday squads. He has four appearances to his name under the current Palace boss, although all have been as a substitute, and Watford have taken that as a sign that a loan deal could still be on the cards.

As per the Watford Observer, it is believed that a deal to take Guedioura back to Vicarage Road is close to being agreed, although he will only be able to stay with the Hornets for 57 days. Due to being an emergency loan, as was the last one, a player can only spend a maximum of 93-days with a loan club, and he has already used up more than a third of that time.

If they intend to utilise the Algerian international for every game up until the final day of the season on May 2nd, the deal would have to be completed no earlier than March 7th, although the loan would have to be confirmed even later if Watford wanted to ensure Guedioura was available for a potential play-off campaign, with automatic promotion looking less likely with each passing game.

If Guedioura’s deal does go through, he will be just one of many Palace players on loan in the Championship, alongside Zeki Fryers, Barry Bannan and Jack Hunt.

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