Report: Watford still in talks to sign Adlene Guedioura, Crystal Palace set asking price

Watford have been looking to sign the Crystal Palace man this summer.

Guedioura spent a highly successful loan spell with the Hornets last term, and a report in WD Sport suggests that they are still chasing his permanent signature.

The 29-year-old midfielder made 17 appearances for the newly promoted Premier League side, scoring three goals and registering four assists. He was one of the most valuable players in the late season run-in, with performances against Derby and Middlesbrough proving vital in Watford’s rise to the top flight.

He became a fans favourite in his short spell at Vicarage Road, and it was believed that the Hornets would be wrapping up a permanent deal for him shortly after the season ended.

However, no deal has yet to come about, and Guedioura has returned to training with Crystal Palace. Whilst this could suggest that he is seen as a first-team member at Selhurst Park, the latest report states that he is still up for sale.

The Algerian international has fallen further down the pecking order under Alan Pardew due to the arrival of Yohan Cabaye this summer, and the head coach is willing to allow him to leave.

Yet chairman Steve Parish has set the price on Guedioura’s head which appears to be holding up the deal. They paid roughly £2 million to sign him from Nottingham Forest in 2013, and are looking to recoup much of the same fee for his sale this summer.

There are no indications as to whether Watford are willing to pay that fee, but the Hornets do face competition for Guedioura’s signature from abroad, the Premier League and the Championship.

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