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Watford may wait until January to recruit another midfielder after West Brom delayed George Thorne's exit
The Watford Observer understands the Hornets are considering waiting until January to sign another midfielder after West Bromwich Albion indicated George Thorne will not be loaned out at present.
Watford were confident they would secure the services of Thorne on loan but the midfielder has been unable to finish his last two matches following a serious knee injury and the Baggies are now reluctant to let him leave at the moment.
Thorne is highly rated at West Brom and started seven consecutive games during the December 2012 and January 2013 period.
But then the 20-year-old suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury and only returned to full training at the end of August.
West Brom were planning to loan out the defensive midfielder but after setting up one goal and creating another in an Under-21 game against Liverpool on Sunday, the player was withdrawn before half time.
"At the moment the important thing for George is to concentrate on his fitness," head coach Steve Clarke told the Express and Star.
"He’s had a couple of Under-21 games that he hasn’t been able to finish so he’s still looking for a little bit of fitness to take forward for the rest of the season.
"If George gets to a stage of his fitness where he’s able to handle a loan move, then it’s something we’d consider. But for now it’s better he stays here and works with the medical people, who know how he’s recovering."
We understand Watford may now wait until January to strengthening their squad, with a permanent signing more likely than a loan addition.
Football League clubs have until November 28 to sign loan players before the loan window closes.
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