Watford confirm the double signing of Udinese's Mathias Ranegie and Alexander Merkel

Watford Observer: Mathias Ranegie. Picture: Action Images. Mathias Ranegie. Picture: Action Images.

Watford have confirmed the signings of Udinese duo Alexander Merkel and Mathias Ranegie but neither player will feature in tomorrow’s match.

Merkel has joined on loan until the summer and Ranegie has signed a permanent deal with the Championship club until 2017.

The Hornets have received international clearance for Merkel but they are still waiting for it for Ranegie.

Merkel will wear number eight and Ranegie his favoured 13, which he has worn at several clubs.

Both players have long been linked with a move to the Hornets and were watching the match with QPR on December 29.

Merkel, 21, is a midfielder who joined Udinese a year ago from AC Milan, where he made his debut at the age of 18.

Ranegie is a 29-year-old striker who is 6ft 5' tall and has appeared for Sweden three times.

The double announcement comes after it was confirmed that Arsenal and Watford had agreed for Hector Bellerin to remain at Vicarage Road on loan until the end of the season.

Find out more about Merkel and Ranegie here.

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4:06pm Fri 3 Jan 14

jasonwatford says...

YAY !!
YAY !! jasonwatford

4:13pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Abbotshorn says...

Welcome officially, now lets get down to business!!
Welcome officially, now lets get down to business!! Abbotshorn

4:18pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Harry's Bar says...

Please don't wear tights, makes you look a bit of a wuss.
Please don't wear tights, makes you look a bit of a wuss. Harry's Bar

4:25pm Fri 3 Jan 14

demerit says...

Harry's Bar wrote:
Please don't wear tights, makes you look a bit of a wuss.
I've just taken mine off on the strength of this.
[quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: Please don't wear tights, makes you look a bit of a wuss.[/p][/quote]I've just taken mine off on the strength of this. demerit

4:34pm Fri 3 Jan 14

RookerySG says...

Harry's Bar wrote:
Please don't wear tights, makes you look a bit of a wuss.
he's 6'5" and built like a brick shot house - guess he can wear tights if he wants to...
[quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: Please don't wear tights, makes you look a bit of a wuss.[/p][/quote]he's 6'5" and built like a brick shot house - guess he can wear tights if he wants to... RookerySG

4:50pm Fri 3 Jan 14

mickallen57 says...

RookerySG wrote:
Harry's Bar wrote:
Please don't wear tights, makes you look a bit of a wuss.
he's 6'5" and built like a brick shot house - guess he can wear tights if he wants to...
I might be stupid but have they got the photos the wrong way round, the blonde guy looks more Swedish to me and if I am right then Merkel is not six foot five and shouldn't wear tights. Any way great news wuss or not COYH
[quote][p][bold]RookerySG[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: Please don't wear tights, makes you look a bit of a wuss.[/p][/quote]he's 6'5" and built like a brick shot house - guess he can wear tights if he wants to...[/p][/quote]I might be stupid but have they got the photos the wrong way round, the blonde guy looks more Swedish to me and if I am right then Merkel is not six foot five and shouldn't wear tights. Any way great news wuss or not COYH mickallen57

5:03pm Fri 3 Jan 14

ForzaWatford says...

mickallen57 wrote:
RookerySG wrote:
Harry's Bar wrote:
Please don't wear tights, makes you look a bit of a wuss.
he's 6'5" and built like a brick shot house - guess he can wear tights if he wants to...
I might be stupid but have they got the photos the wrong way round, the blonde guy looks more Swedish to me and if I am right then Merkel is not six foot five and shouldn't wear tights. Any way great news wuss or not COYH
No they haven't..
[quote][p][bold]mickallen57[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RookerySG[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: Please don't wear tights, makes you look a bit of a wuss.[/p][/quote]he's 6'5" and built like a brick shot house - guess he can wear tights if he wants to...[/p][/quote]I might be stupid but have they got the photos the wrong way round, the blonde guy looks more Swedish to me and if I am right then Merkel is not six foot five and shouldn't wear tights. Any way great news wuss or not COYH[/p][/quote]No they haven't.. ForzaWatford

9:01pm Fri 3 Jan 14

grinns67 says...

Yet again two more udinese rejects this club is going on where :-(
Yet again two more udinese rejects this club is going on where :-( grinns67

10:02pm Fri 3 Jan 14

bigmeuprudeboy says...

grinns67 wrote:
Yet again two more udinese rejects this club is going on where :-(
Its our jealous friend from up the M1! I love it when you come here.

Two questions mate, 1) when Luton were in the Championship and were around mid table like Watford are now, how come Luton only got half the attendances that we currently do? You couldn't even sell out your ground against much bigger teams than you even when you had more capacity.

2) Why do you show how jealous you are of Watford by coming on here with the quite frankly laughable posts like the one above?

Now jog on back to Luton Outlaws site xx
[quote][p][bold]grinns67[/bold] wrote: Yet again two more udinese rejects this club is going on where :-([/p][/quote]Its our jealous friend from up the M1! I love it when you come here. Two questions mate, 1) when Luton were in the Championship and were around mid table like Watford are now, how come Luton only got half the attendances that we currently do? You couldn't even sell out your ground against much bigger teams than you even when you had more capacity. 2) Why do you show how jealous you are of Watford by coming on here with the quite frankly laughable posts like the one above? Now jog on back to Luton Outlaws site xx bigmeuprudeboy

10:33pm Fri 3 Jan 14

gloryhornet4 says...

grinns67 wrote:
Yet again two more udinese rejects this club is going on where :-(
Well my Hatter friend - why don't your boys be nice and ask for some of our cast offs and loans. Crumbs from the master's table but you can't be choosy after 5 seasons in the wilderness.

See what's on offer in our January sale.
[quote][p][bold]grinns67[/bold] wrote: Yet again two more udinese rejects this club is going on where :-([/p][/quote]Well my Hatter friend - why don't your boys be nice and ask for some of our cast offs and loans. Crumbs from the master's table but you can't be choosy after 5 seasons in the wilderness. See what's on offer in our January sale. gloryhornet4

10:49pm Fri 3 Jan 14

exeterhornet says...

2017 is a bloody long contract for a striker who is far from being a prolific scorer. Just an observation/comment. I wish him well. Who knows, could he be another, but late developing, Ross Jenkins? I bloody hope so - my all time favourite player.
2017 is a bloody long contract for a striker who is far from being a prolific scorer. Just an observation/comment. I wish him well. Who knows, could he be another, but late developing, Ross Jenkins? I bloody hope so - my all time favourite player. exeterhornet

7:02am Sat 4 Jan 14

mellow yellow says...

exeterhornet wrote:
2017 is a bloody long contract for a striker who is far from being a prolific scorer. Just an observation/comment. I wish him well. Who knows, could he be another, but late developing, Ross Jenkins? I bloody hope so - my all time favourite player.
I'm sure the club know what they are doing. Most of his recent appearances have been as a sub, so the goal scoring record is erroneous. Also, his height will be a major weapon in the second tier - something we have lacked for a while. If he scores one, but assists in fifteen, to me that is job done!

You orns!
[quote][p][bold]exeterhornet[/bold] wrote: 2017 is a bloody long contract for a striker who is far from being a prolific scorer. Just an observation/comment. I wish him well. Who knows, could he be another, but late developing, Ross Jenkins? I bloody hope so - my all time favourite player.[/p][/quote]I'm sure the club know what they are doing. Most of his recent appearances have been as a sub, so the goal scoring record is erroneous. Also, his height will be a major weapon in the second tier - something we have lacked for a while. If he scores one, but assists in fifteen, to me that is job done! You orns! mellow yellow

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