Watford closing in on permanent signing of Hungary and Genoa midfielder Daniel Tozser

Picture: Dave Peters

Picture: Dave Peters

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The Hornets are closing in on the permanent signing of Daniel Tozser, the Watford Observer understands.

The Golden Boys refused to comment on their potential interest in the player but we understand from other sources they have held positive talks with Tozser's representatives and Genoa.

Tozser, who has two years left on his Genoa contract, has also expressed a desire to stay at Vicarage Road publicly after joining the club on loan in January.

The 28-year-old has only missed one game since he joined the Golden Boys, featuring for the full 90 minutes in his 20 outings, despite arriving at the club having not played competitively since May 2013.

Tozser excelled during his first couple of months at Watford before his form dipped, with club staff suggesting tiredness was a contributing factor.

The holding midfield role had been a problem position for Watford prior to the Hungarian international's arrival, after Jonathan Hogg and John Eustace left the club last summer.

Earlier this week Tozser told NSO TV: "I am here on loan until June 30, but the club have indicated that they have started to have talks with Genoa about staying on.

"But it's not that simple because the two clubs have to agree about me and also with me. I'd like to stay because the club's aim is to gain promotion to the Premier League."

Tozser started his career at Debrecen and joined Galatasaray in his teens but was unable to break into the team at the Turkish club.

He returned to his native Hungary with Ferencváros and made 60 appearances during his two-year stay at the Budapest club.

AEK Athens signed the player in 2006, where he tasted Champions League football for the first time. He made 56 outings and scored three goals during two years at the club.

In 2008 Belgian side Genk reportedly paid around €1.5m to sign the defensive midfielder, who can also play on the left side.

During his four-year stay at the club, he made 159 appearances and scored 22 goals, again featuring in the Champions League.

Genoa beat a few Italian clubs to sign Tozser in 2012 but he struggled to hold down a regular place after making 22 appearances last season and was only been an unused sub on five occasions this season.

The player has made 20 appearances for Hungary. His last appearance came in 2011 but we understand he is likely to earn a call-up for the match with Denmark on May 22.

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2:40pm Wed 7 May 14

LuthersLoveChild says...

Fingers crossed it happens. Bar Deeney he was probably player of the season,
Fingers crossed it happens. Bar Deeney he was probably player of the season, LuthersLoveChild
  • Score: 31

2:43pm Wed 7 May 14

overhere says...

Top news!
Top news! overhere
  • Score: 19

2:43pm Wed 7 May 14

LoveKeithDublin says...

Brilliant news - now make him captain.
Brilliant news - now make him captain. LoveKeithDublin
  • Score: 51

2:55pm Wed 7 May 14

Hornankey says...

Excellent news! It would send a great message to other quality players (and the supporters).
Excellent news! It would send a great message to other quality players (and the supporters). Hornankey
  • Score: 24

3:06pm Wed 7 May 14

Traceyhornet says...

LoveKeithDublin wrote:
Brilliant news - now make him captain.
Absolutely!
[quote][p][bold]LoveKeithDublin[/bold] wrote: Brilliant news - now make him captain.[/p][/quote]Absolutely! Traceyhornet
  • Score: 17

3:07pm Wed 7 May 14

Bonser Out says...

Get the deal done as soon as possible. We need to get some stability back at the club & reduce the amount of loan players with no commitment or desire to play for us.
Get the deal done as soon as possible. We need to get some stability back at the club & reduce the amount of loan players with no commitment or desire to play for us. Bonser Out
  • Score: 14

3:20pm Wed 7 May 14

Larrythe Loafer 'Orn says...

He is a class player and would make an excellent Captain, playing in the right position to be so.
He is a class player and would make an excellent Captain, playing in the right position to be so. Larrythe Loafer 'Orn
  • Score: 21

3:23pm Wed 7 May 14

robo bovingdon says...

great news if correct now try and get Troy to commit to at least one more season to help get us the Prem.It means the Pozzo family will need to pay to get and keep the best SPECULATE TO ACCUMILATE
great news if correct now try and get Troy to commit to at least one more season to help get us the Prem.It means the Pozzo family will need to pay to get and keep the best SPECULATE TO ACCUMILATE robo bovingdon
  • Score: 13

3:29pm Wed 7 May 14

D.unstable says...

Just tell us when the deal is done....I hate all this 'closing in' stuff.
Just tell us when the deal is done....I hate all this 'closing in' stuff. D.unstable
  • Score: -7

3:29pm Wed 7 May 14

VOReason says...

Vydra or Deeney? I know my preference
Vydra or Deeney? I know my preference VOReason
  • Score: -10

3:32pm Wed 7 May 14

tgb1963 says...

"...his form dipped...." Did it?
"...his form dipped...." Did it? tgb1963
  • Score: 8

4:07pm Wed 7 May 14

peter10531089 says...

His form dipped as he was poor against Huddersfield but no worse than anyone else (other than Deeney perhaps) - but that aside he was simply outstanding - this is great news if it comes to fruition. But we still need a 20 goal a season striker in addition to Deeney and two if he gets a move to the Premiership
His form dipped as he was poor against Huddersfield but no worse than anyone else (other than Deeney perhaps) - but that aside he was simply outstanding - this is great news if it comes to fruition. But we still need a 20 goal a season striker in addition to Deeney and two if he gets a move to the Premiership peter10531089
  • Score: 10

4:21pm Wed 7 May 14

bristol hornet says...

Best piece of new to come out of the Vic for quite some time.

An obvious asset, one of the best players in the second half of the season, and a possible captain for next season if he signs?
Best piece of new to come out of the Vic for quite some time. An obvious asset, one of the best players in the second half of the season, and a possible captain for next season if he signs? bristol hornet
  • Score: 11

4:30pm Wed 7 May 14

andyhooked says...

He has the potential to become even better but needs the right mix around him. Perhaps with full pre-season training he will be more able to play in the Championship next year. Without Troy and a fully fit Fernando, and I would also add Renegie being fully fit we will struggle up front. That said Tozsers form has dipped late on and then so has others. Sannino does not cut it for me but we are what we are should we leep the current coach and Nani's vision of who is out and some rubbish in even though we have had just a few that have worked out Okay.
He has the potential to become even better but needs the right mix around him. Perhaps with full pre-season training he will be more able to play in the Championship next year. Without Troy and a fully fit Fernando, and I would also add Renegie being fully fit we will struggle up front. That said Tozsers form has dipped late on and then so has others. Sannino does not cut it for me but we are what we are should we leep the current coach and Nani's vision of who is out and some rubbish in even though we have had just a few that have worked out Okay. andyhooked
  • Score: -7

5:34pm Wed 7 May 14

bonserout says...

Bonser Out wrote:
Get the deal done as soon as possible. We need to get some stability back at the club & reduce the amount of loan players with no commitment or desire to play for us.
Hold on
Tozser has been a loan player all season !!
[quote][p][bold]Bonser Out[/bold] wrote: Get the deal done as soon as possible. We need to get some stability back at the club & reduce the amount of loan players with no commitment or desire to play for us.[/p][/quote]Hold on Tozser has been a loan player all season !! bonserout
  • Score: 2

5:50pm Wed 7 May 14

SAHornet says...

tgb1963 wrote:
"...his form dipped...." Did it?
Well if it did, maybe he was just protecting himself a bit for the Hungary v Denmark game on May 22. His chance to play for his national team again. Just a thought.
[quote][p][bold]tgb1963[/bold] wrote: "...his form dipped...." Did it?[/p][/quote]Well if it did, maybe he was just protecting himself a bit for the Hungary v Denmark game on May 22. His chance to play for his national team again. Just a thought. SAHornet
  • Score: 1

6:36pm Wed 7 May 14

watford1881 says...

If Vydra was some how signed back to watford I think Deeney would be more likely to want to stay at WFC..
If Vydra was some how signed back to watford I think Deeney would be more likely to want to stay at WFC.. watford1881
  • Score: 8

8:16pm Wed 7 May 14

VOReason says...

VOReason wrote:
Vydra or Deeney? I know my preference
My comment does not say my thoughts one way or the other ...

So how have people judged me either way ...

If as a fan you could have one or the other which would you choose?
[quote][p][bold]VOReason[/bold] wrote: Vydra or Deeney? I know my preference[/p][/quote]My comment does not say my thoughts one way or the other ... So how have people judged me either way ... If as a fan you could have one or the other which would you choose? VOReason
  • Score: -6

10:26am Thu 8 May 14

bristol hornet says...

bristol hornet wrote:
Best piece of new to come out of the Vic for quite some time.

An obvious asset, one of the best players in the second half of the season, and a possible captain for next season if he signs?
And now the added possibility of Vydra coming back as well!

Wow, what a squad we will have next season, especially if we can persuade Troy to stay around for our promo push.
[quote][p][bold]bristol hornet[/bold] wrote: Best piece of new to come out of the Vic for quite some time. An obvious asset, one of the best players in the second half of the season, and a possible captain for next season if he signs?[/p][/quote]And now the added possibility of Vydra coming back as well! Wow, what a squad we will have next season, especially if we can persuade Troy to stay around for our promo push. bristol hornet
  • Score: 2

3:39pm Thu 8 May 14

mickallen57 says...

Great news nothing to add to that
Great news nothing to add to that mickallen57
  • Score: 2

9:36pm Thu 8 May 14

PozzoHornet says...

VOReason wrote:
VOReason wrote:
Vydra or Deeney? I know my preference
My comment does not say my thoughts one way or the other ...

So how have people judged me either way ...

If as a fan you could have one or the other which would you choose?
Difficult to judge because we haven't seen Vydra play without Deeney upfront. Deeney acquitted himself well this season, but despite scoring more goals, he was, imo, worse this season than last. He only managed 3 assists this season as opposed to last season's 10 and he's been the main penalty taker this season, whereas last season, Abdi and Vydra both took them as well. Of course the argument can be made that in a struggling team minus the creativity of Abdi for much of the season, Deeney did very well, but to that I would say that Ross McCormack is playing in an even worse Leeds side and managing more goals than Deeney. Besides, Deeney always seemed up for it last season (maybe cos he had competition; maybe cos he had just come out of prison and had to prove himself; maybe cos we were on a promotion charge; probably all of the above) - unfortunately this season has not been the same, also probably down to the removal of all the motivating factors mentioned in brackets. Anyway, we don't know how well Vydra would work with a different strike partner i.e. Ranegie. What is obvious from his time in the Prem, though, is that as a lone striker, he's crap, which would foil the plans of those who would like to see us play 4-2-3-1 next season. What I found especially amusing from a West Brom fan was the comment that Vydra is 'too slow for the Prem'.
[quote][p][bold]VOReason[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VOReason[/bold] wrote: Vydra or Deeney? I know my preference[/p][/quote]My comment does not say my thoughts one way or the other ... So how have people judged me either way ... If as a fan you could have one or the other which would you choose?[/p][/quote]Difficult to judge because we haven't seen Vydra play without Deeney upfront. Deeney acquitted himself well this season, but despite scoring more goals, he was, imo, worse this season than last. He only managed 3 assists this season as opposed to last season's 10 and he's been the main penalty taker this season, whereas last season, Abdi and Vydra both took them as well. Of course the argument can be made that in a struggling team minus the creativity of Abdi for much of the season, Deeney did very well, but to that I would say that Ross McCormack is playing in an even worse Leeds side and managing more goals than Deeney. Besides, Deeney always seemed up for it last season (maybe cos he had competition; maybe cos he had just come out of prison and had to prove himself; maybe cos we were on a promotion charge; probably all of the above) - unfortunately this season has not been the same, also probably down to the removal of all the motivating factors mentioned in brackets. Anyway, we don't know how well Vydra would work with a different strike partner i.e. Ranegie. What is obvious from his time in the Prem, though, is that as a lone striker, he's crap, which would foil the plans of those who would like to see us play 4-2-3-1 next season. What I found especially amusing from a West Brom fan was the comment that Vydra is 'too slow for the Prem'. PozzoHornet
  • Score: 3

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