When asked about Penaranda, and reported interest from Liverpool and Spurs, Dowling said: “You’re right about the clubs mentioned, and people might have the opinion that it’s unfair he’s gone to Watford.”
Penaranda linked up with the Hornets on transfer deadline day, signing a deal before immediately heading out on loan to Granada until the end of the season.
The striker was signed to Udinese, and already on loan at Granada, meaning that the Pozzo family have just moved their prize asset to the Hornets, keeping him in La Liga so he can develop with consistent first-team football.
The youngster, still just 18, is extremely highly rated in football circles, and whilst it seems like cheating that Watford have signed him from their sister club, the Pozzi’s are just tying down their asset with bigger clubs circling.
Penaranda has scored four goals in nine La Liga games this season, netting twice on his debut against Levante, and becoming the youngest ever non-Spaniard to score a brace in a game - beating Lionel Messi’s record.
The Sun claimed at the beginning of January that Liverpool and Spurs were battling it out for Penaranda, and Dowling has confirmed that those two teams wanted the talented teenager.
However, Watford used their means to get ahold of Penaranda off Udinese, and Hornets fans are extremely keen to see the youngster play at Vicarage Road in the future.