Beppe Sannino to assess if he wants more signings at Watford after Bristol City cup tie

Watford Observer: Alexander Merkel challenging Andrea Pirlo during the young midfielder's time at Genoa. Picture: Action Images Alexander Merkel challenging Andrea Pirlo during the young midfielder's time at Genoa. Picture: Action Images

Beppe Sannino claims he will wait until next week to decide if he wants to make more signings, after Watford agreed deals for two new players.

The Hornets are on the verge of announcing the signings of Alexander Merkel and Mathias Ranegie from Udinese.

The Watford Observer understands Merkel has signed a contract to join the club on loan until the summer and Ranegie is close to agreeing a long-term permanent deal.

We understand the pair have been training with the rest of the Hornets players in recent days ahead of the move.

The duo have been linked with the club for several months and were both seen watching Watford's 0-0 draw with Queens Park Rangers on December 29 from the directors box.

But when Sannino was asked about the duo’s pending arrival this afternoon, he replied: “The club have the right to decide. If one player is officially added to the club then I will speak about it.”

When asked if he planned to sign any more players - in addition to Ranegie and Merkel - Sannino replied: “I am very practical. At the moment the squad that I have is the best squad that I could have.

“We go to Bristol City and we play the game and after the game I will have time to talk to the club and do an assessment and see if we can improve in certain areas and strengthen.”

He added: “For now the Watford squad is the best in the world. I will never say anything about a player that can come or may come.

“The squad I have is the best I could have and if they play for Watford, [then for me] they are the best players in the world.

“I am a head coach. That means I work on the pitch.”

Merkel is said to be a creative and attacking midfielder who can also play in central midfield due to his high work rate.

In 2011, respected German journalist Raphael Honigstein wrote that Merkel was not too dissimilar to Bayern Munich’s Mario Götze in style.

The 21-year-old was born in Kazakhstan before emigrating to Germany at the age of six.

He signed with Stuttgart’s academy but was reportedly expelled after suffering bad grades at school.

However, he had a trial with AC Milan and did enough to convince the Italian club to sign him in 2008.

He failed to break into the Rossoneri side however and left the club in 2011 for Serie A side Genoa in a 50-50 co-ownership deal with Milan.

After a number of impressive displays for Genoa in the first half of the season he was linked with a move to Manchester City but he rejoined AC Milan on loan in January 2012.

However, he made just one league appearance for Milan and returned to Genoa in the summer of 2012 and played just six league matches before joining Udinese last January.

He again found first team football limited and was linked with a move back to Germany before linking up with the Hornets.

Striker Ranegie was a late-comer to professional football and, after a largely unsuccessful spell at IFK Göteborg, made a name for himself at BK Häcken, where he scored 36 goals in 81 appearances.

The 29-year-old's form earned him a move to Malmo and he netted 13 goals in 26 league matches, which persuaded Udinese to sign the player in the summer of 2012.

Ranegie has made 24 Serie A appearances for Udinese since signing with the club but only three of those have been starts.

He has netted just once for the Little Zebras. That goal came in his full debut against AC Milan last season and the striker also won a penalty to help Udinese complete a 2-1 win.

Speaking after that win, Udinese head coach Francesco Guidolin said: “He isn’t just this big forward who stands there. Ranegie has great technique and is such a strong professional, he works really hard.”

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9:22pm Thu 2 Jan 14

D.unstable says...

Will be interesting to see if these two live up to previous expectation. Wouldn't mind if the Pozzo's started to now invest in the British market too, Nahki Wells at Bradford has been widely linked and would be a good one for the future. I know he isn't British but currently plays in the UK before anyone corrects me.
Will be interesting to see if these two live up to previous expectation. Wouldn't mind if the Pozzo's started to now invest in the British market too, Nahki Wells at Bradford has been widely linked and would be a good one for the future. I know he isn't British but currently plays in the UK before anyone corrects me. D.unstable

7:25am Fri 3 Jan 14

tonyevans22 says...

A friend of mine watches European football all the time and writes for bssports.com and he has said he has seen Alexander Merkel a number of times and rates him highly,and says he will be the best player we will have in our squad,and was very suprised we signed him.Also with the weather conditions continuing to be bad there is a High chance that the game will be called off.Their is 10-15cm of Snow forcasted.
A friend of mine watches European football all the time and writes for bssports.com and he has said he has seen Alexander Merkel a number of times and rates him highly,and says he will be the best player we will have in our squad,and was very suprised we signed him.Also with the weather conditions continuing to be bad there is a High chance that the game will be called off.Their is 10-15cm of Snow forcasted. tonyevans22

7:58am Fri 3 Jan 14

VOReason says...

Merkel is the real deal ...

But then so is fabbrini and most of our fans chastise him so we ll see
Merkel is the real deal ... But then so is fabbrini and most of our fans chastise him so we ll see VOReason

9:24am Fri 3 Jan 14

ChrisG85 says...

Merkel is a great signing whilst we are missing Abdi and provides another option if we were wanting to change tactics/formations. As for investing in the British market, you have to realise the Pozzo family won't be gong for names that are linked with bigger clubs, they'll find others and integrate them slowly into the team for a lower cost, Ikpeazu being a prime example. Whilst Wells could be a great signing, he is focus of a lot of attention effectively pricing us out of the market.
Merkel is a great signing whilst we are missing Abdi and provides another option if we were wanting to change tactics/formations. As for investing in the British market, you have to realise the Pozzo family won't be gong for names that are linked with bigger clubs, they'll find others and integrate them slowly into the team for a lower cost, Ikpeazu being a prime example. Whilst Wells could be a great signing, he is focus of a lot of attention effectively pricing us out of the market. ChrisG85

10:09am Fri 3 Jan 14

Smudger Jnr says...

Just take a moment to remember we are very lucky to get two players of this quality for free! Now to fill the Vydra sized hole. Wells will be too expensive at 3m. More likely could be a loan of John Guidetti from Man City? Wigan among others also looking at him. Or from the leftfield, how about a cheeky bid for Sordell? Unfulfilled potential, pacey finisher, who only needs the right players around him (ie england U21 record). Has played with Troy before. Not sure how we could secure him whilst he is on a season loan at Charlton tho.

Otherwise, i think it is interesting that Saninnio is taking a moment to assess the contracted players. With some trust there is no reason the players we have could not form a quality team, aside from the missing striker. Maybe Beppe can see that one of our problems is maybe having too many players. He is probably rebuilding for next season. You have been warned!
Just take a moment to remember we are very lucky to get two players of this quality for free! Now to fill the Vydra sized hole. Wells will be too expensive at 3m. More likely could be a loan of John Guidetti from Man City? Wigan among others also looking at him. Or from the leftfield, how about a cheeky bid for Sordell? Unfulfilled potential, pacey finisher, who only needs the right players around him (ie england U21 record). Has played with Troy before. Not sure how we could secure him whilst he is on a season loan at Charlton tho. Otherwise, i think it is interesting that Saninnio is taking a moment to assess the contracted players. With some trust there is no reason the players we have could not form a quality team, aside from the missing striker. Maybe Beppe can see that one of our problems is maybe having too many players. He is probably rebuilding for next season. You have been warned! Smudger Jnr

10:58am Fri 3 Jan 14

ChrisG85 says...

Sordell has done his hamstring. Won't be featuring again any time soon.
Sordell has done his hamstring. Won't be featuring again any time soon. ChrisG85

11:28am Fri 3 Jan 14

AngelHornet says...

tonyevans22 wrote:
A friend of mine watches European football all the time and writes for bssports.com and he has said he has seen Alexander Merkel a number of times and rates him highly,and says he will be the best player we will have in our squad,and was very suprised we signed him.Also with the weather conditions continuing to be bad there is a High chance that the game will be called off.Their is 10-15cm of Snow forcasted.
Snow?
[quote][p][bold]tonyevans22[/bold] wrote: A friend of mine watches European football all the time and writes for bssports.com and he has said he has seen Alexander Merkel a number of times and rates him highly,and says he will be the best player we will have in our squad,and was very suprised we signed him.Also with the weather conditions continuing to be bad there is a High chance that the game will be called off.Their is 10-15cm of Snow forcasted.[/p][/quote]Snow? AngelHornet

11:33am Fri 3 Jan 14

akureyri says...

D.unstable wrote:
Will be interesting to see if these two live up to previous expectation. Wouldn't mind if the Pozzo's started to now invest in the British market too, Nahki Wells at Bradford has been widely linked and would be a good one for the future. I know he isn't British but currently plays in the UK before anyone corrects me.
Bradford City would not take £3m from QPR in the summer of 2013 for Nakhi Wells and would Watford be in a position to match that, even if there were sales. We are not as fashionable as the darlings that QPR seem to be either. We need someone who could influence him like Ondrej Chovanec did with Matej Vydra last season, but in a positive way, and that is unlikely.
[quote][p][bold]D.unstable[/bold] wrote: Will be interesting to see if these two live up to previous expectation. Wouldn't mind if the Pozzo's started to now invest in the British market too, Nahki Wells at Bradford has been widely linked and would be a good one for the future. I know he isn't British but currently plays in the UK before anyone corrects me.[/p][/quote]Bradford City would not take £3m from QPR in the summer of 2013 for Nakhi Wells and would Watford be in a position to match that, even if there were sales. We are not as fashionable as the darlings that QPR seem to be either. We need someone who could influence him like Ondrej Chovanec did with Matej Vydra last season, but in a positive way, and that is unlikely. akureyri

3:15pm Fri 3 Jan 14

rayman01 says...

Smudger Jnr wrote:
Just take a moment to remember we are very lucky to get two players of this quality for free! Now to fill the Vydra sized hole. Wells will be too expensive at 3m. More likely could be a loan of John Guidetti from Man City? Wigan among others also looking at him. Or from the leftfield, how about a cheeky bid for Sordell? Unfulfilled potential, pacey finisher, who only needs the right players around him (ie england U21 record). Has played with Troy before. Not sure how we could secure him whilst he is on a season loan at Charlton tho.

Otherwise, i think it is interesting that Saninnio is taking a moment to assess the contracted players. With some trust there is no reason the players we have could not form a quality team, aside from the missing striker. Maybe Beppe can see that one of our problems is maybe having too many players. He is probably rebuilding for next season. You have been warned!
If we could get John Guidetti from Man City (the boy is pure class) and Hector Bellerin back fro Arsenal until end of season even I believe we could have a serious charge at the play-offs. Otherwise agree that Sannino will want to build for proper challenge for EPL next season. We wil have a stonking squad when Abdi and Hoban back. Could be a very bright second half of the season. HNY to all true WFC fans and COYHs in 2014!
[quote][p][bold]Smudger Jnr[/bold] wrote: Just take a moment to remember we are very lucky to get two players of this quality for free! Now to fill the Vydra sized hole. Wells will be too expensive at 3m. More likely could be a loan of John Guidetti from Man City? Wigan among others also looking at him. Or from the leftfield, how about a cheeky bid for Sordell? Unfulfilled potential, pacey finisher, who only needs the right players around him (ie england U21 record). Has played with Troy before. Not sure how we could secure him whilst he is on a season loan at Charlton tho. Otherwise, i think it is interesting that Saninnio is taking a moment to assess the contracted players. With some trust there is no reason the players we have could not form a quality team, aside from the missing striker. Maybe Beppe can see that one of our problems is maybe having too many players. He is probably rebuilding for next season. You have been warned![/p][/quote]If we could get John Guidetti from Man City (the boy is pure class) and Hector Bellerin back fro Arsenal until end of season even I believe we could have a serious charge at the play-offs. Otherwise agree that Sannino will want to build for proper challenge for EPL next season. We wil have a stonking squad when Abdi and Hoban back. Could be a very bright second half of the season. HNY to all true WFC fans and COYHs in 2014! rayman01

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