Watford hoping to conclude Samba Diakite loan deal before tonight's transfer window deadline

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Watford are still hopeful of signing Samba Diakite on loan despite the arrival of defensive midfielder Daniel Tozser earlier this week.

Diakite’s move to the Hornets stalled after QPR asked for a large proportion of the player’s wages and it appeared interest may have ended when Genoa’s Tozser arrived on loan earlier this week.

However, talks between the 25-year-old’s representatives and Watford continued and with Iriney joining Mallorca, the Golden Boys are actively seeking another holding midfielder, with Diakite their number one target.

When QPR manager Harry Redknapp was asked if he expected Diakite to join Watford today, he replied: “That could happen, yes. We’ve been talking about it.”

Diakite initially joined Rangers on loan from Nancy in January 2012 before the move was made permanent in the summer, when he signed a four-year deal.

The player made ten appearances last season before Mark Hughes was replaced by Redknapp.

He made a further five outings for QPR before heading to the African Cup of Nations where he was injured in Mali’s fourth game of the tournament.

Diakite only made one more appearances for QPR last season and has had just one Captial One Cup outing during this campaign, which means he has not featured in a league match for more than a year.

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2:52pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Hornankey says...

Sounds like another uninspiring loan signing.
Sounds like another uninspiring loan signing. Hornankey
  • Score: 2

3:00pm Fri 31 Jan 14

AngelHornet says...

We'll see!
We'll see! AngelHornet
  • Score: 3

3:03pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Rosty'srocket says...

Diakite - Not the player we need.
We seem to be just bringing players in and hoping they might gel. I wonder if that is what irked Zola. This is a costly way of doing things that could send us the same way as Doncaster. We need a cohesive outfit puling for each other. No communication on the park - little drive and commitment . Just compare with Reid last night.
Sannino has some real hard work to do and, so do the other coaches.
Diakite - Not the player we need. We seem to be just bringing players in and hoping they might gel. I wonder if that is what irked Zola. This is a costly way of doing things that could send us the same way as Doncaster. We need a cohesive outfit puling for each other. No communication on the park - little drive and commitment . Just compare with Reid last night. Sannino has some real hard work to do and, so do the other coaches. Rosty'srocket
  • Score: 8

3:11pm Fri 31 Jan 14

jsjf1979 says...

Would have much rather had Thorne back from WBA. Diakite will be on 25-30k a week probably so I very much hope we are not picking up the bulk of those wages for a player who cant get anywhere near their first teams squad!
Would have much rather had Thorne back from WBA. Diakite will be on 25-30k a week probably so I very much hope we are not picking up the bulk of those wages for a player who cant get anywhere near their first teams squad! jsjf1979
  • Score: 6

3:19pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Essex Hornet says...

You have to laugh, Harry Rednapp is busy signing strikers and we're supposedly busy signing yet another midfielder this time from QPR who hasn't featured in a league match for a year. I am sure this is all part of the master plan but could we go off piste for a bit and actually sign the pacey striker we all thought was coming in this transfer window. Yes I know the window closes at 11pm tonight but is the mystery striker really going to arrive before then? Don't hold your breath, In saying that if Barnsley can sign Frimpong from Arsenal there may be hope for us yet.

Failing that if Cox or Mackie are available at Notts Forest I'm sure either of them could link up well with Troy and give us some much needed extra fire power. Keep the faith!!
You have to laugh, Harry Rednapp is busy signing strikers and we're supposedly busy signing yet another midfielder this time from QPR who hasn't featured in a league match for a year. I am sure this is all part of the master plan but could we go off piste for a bit and actually sign the pacey striker we all thought was coming in this transfer window. Yes I know the window closes at 11pm tonight but is the mystery striker really going to arrive before then? Don't hold your breath, In saying that if Barnsley can sign Frimpong from Arsenal there may be hope for us yet. Failing that if Cox or Mackie are available at Notts Forest I'm sure either of them could link up well with Troy and give us some much needed extra fire power. Keep the faith!! Essex Hornet
  • Score: -1

3:36pm Fri 31 Jan 14

JohnnyBarnes says...

Essex Hornet wrote:
You have to laugh, Harry Rednapp is busy signing strikers and we're supposedly busy signing yet another midfielder this time from QPR who hasn't featured in a league match for a year. I am sure this is all part of the master plan but could we go off piste for a bit and actually sign the pacey striker we all thought was coming in this transfer window. Yes I know the window closes at 11pm tonight but is the mystery striker really going to arrive before then? Don't hold your breath, In saying that if Barnsley can sign Frimpong from Arsenal there may be hope for us yet. Failing that if Cox or Mackie are available at Notts Forest I'm sure either of them could link up well with Troy and give us some much needed extra fire power. Keep the faith!!
QPR might be in the market for a striker who Wolves are paying upwards of thirty grand a week, but I'm afraid that we're not. Buying 'decent' strikers on extortionate wages does not fit the sustainable model that (thankfully) we have adopted

Personally, I don't think we should panic-buy a striker, if that's the alternative to not getting one in at all. I think that Deeney, Fabbrini, Anya and Fessi have got enough if we continue to play 2+1 up front... and given how much of a long-shot the play-offs are currently looking, I'd rather take our time and buy a striker in the summer that will definitely fit the mould, whatever that is

That said, I'm not convinced that we need Diakete either

Toszer
Battocchio
Murray
Merkel
McGugan
+ Abdi when he's back

If you don't count the wingbacks as midfielders, we're only playing with two in the middle... and we've already got six!
[quote][p][bold]Essex Hornet[/bold] wrote: You have to laugh, Harry Rednapp is busy signing strikers and we're supposedly busy signing yet another midfielder this time from QPR who hasn't featured in a league match for a year. I am sure this is all part of the master plan but could we go off piste for a bit and actually sign the pacey striker we all thought was coming in this transfer window. Yes I know the window closes at 11pm tonight but is the mystery striker really going to arrive before then? Don't hold your breath, In saying that if Barnsley can sign Frimpong from Arsenal there may be hope for us yet. Failing that if Cox or Mackie are available at Notts Forest I'm sure either of them could link up well with Troy and give us some much needed extra fire power. Keep the faith!![/p][/quote]QPR might be in the market for a striker who Wolves are paying upwards of thirty grand a week, but I'm afraid that we're not. Buying 'decent' strikers on extortionate wages does not fit the sustainable model that (thankfully) we have adopted Personally, I don't think we should panic-buy a striker, if that's the alternative to not getting one in at all. I think that Deeney, Fabbrini, Anya and Fessi have got enough if we continue to play 2+1 up front... and given how much of a long-shot the play-offs are currently looking, I'd rather take our time and buy a striker in the summer that will definitely fit the mould, whatever that is That said, I'm not convinced that we need Diakete either Toszer Battocchio Murray Merkel McGugan + Abdi when he's back If you don't count the wingbacks as midfielders, we're only playing with two in the middle... and we've already got six! JohnnyBarnes
  • Score: -2

3:53pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Broughs says...

I hope we get another 6 midfielders! As we have only got about 30!
Our strike force is awesome and we certainly wouldn't want to get a new striker to partner for Deeney!!!!
God help us.
The excitment this summer was comparable to the excitement of Bassett and Vialli joining...... 7 wins in 26 games is not good enough....
I hope we get another 6 midfielders! As we have only got about 30! Our strike force is awesome and we certainly wouldn't want to get a new striker to partner for Deeney!!!! God help us. The excitment this summer was comparable to the excitement of Bassett and Vialli joining...... 7 wins in 26 games is not good enough.... Broughs
  • Score: 2

3:56pm Fri 31 Jan 14

AngelHornet says...

Signed until the end of the season.
Signed until the end of the season. AngelHornet
  • Score: 4

3:56pm Fri 31 Jan 14

llloydwithathirdl says...

Remember we have bought a striker. Mathias Ranégie! Hopefully we will see him soon.

We desperately need a midfielder who is willing to get stuck in. Whether that's Merkel, Toszer or Diakite I don't care, because it ain't Battochio, Murray or McGugan.
Remember we have bought a striker. Mathias Ranégie! Hopefully we will see him soon. We desperately need a midfielder who is willing to get stuck in. Whether that's Merkel, Toszer or Diakite I don't care, because it ain't Battochio, Murray or McGugan. llloydwithathirdl
  • Score: 7

6:39pm Fri 31 Jan 14

stevyweavy says...

llloydwithathirdl wrote:
Remember we have bought a striker. Mathias Ranégie! Hopefully we will see him soon.

We desperately need a midfielder who is willing to get stuck in. Whether that's Merkel, Toszer or Diakite I don't care, because it ain't Battochio, Murray or McGugan.
Well don't hope for too much he could not score for the under 21's today
[quote][p][bold]llloydwithathirdl[/bold] wrote: Remember we have bought a striker. Mathias Ranégie! Hopefully we will see him soon. We desperately need a midfielder who is willing to get stuck in. Whether that's Merkel, Toszer or Diakite I don't care, because it ain't Battochio, Murray or McGugan.[/p][/quote]Well don't hope for too much he could not score for the under 21's today stevyweavy
  • Score: 2

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