Watford eyeing up Colombia and Atletico Nacional midfielder Alexander Mejia

Watford target Alexander Mejia challenges Ronaldinho during last month's Copa Libertadores clash. Picture: Action Images

Watford target Alexander Mejia challenges Ronaldinho during last month's Copa Libertadores clash. Picture: Action Images

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The Hornets are considering a move for Colombian midfielder Alexander Mejia, the Watford Observer understands.

Watford remain in advanced talks with Hungary international Daniel Tozser and are confident a deal can be agreed.

But the club have been looking at other defensive midfielders and Mejia has impressed the Pozzos' scouting network.

Mejia is a 25-year-old holding midfielder who is part of Colombia's squad for this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

He is a combative midfielder who breaks up the opposition play and is also said to have good technique and vision.

He joined Colombian amateur side Boca Juniors de Cali in his teens before moving to Deportes Quindío.

His impressive performances earned a loan move to Once Caldas in the top tier of Colombian football, the Categoría Primera A, in 2011.

A year later he joined Atletico Nacional and has enjoyed huge success. They won the Categoría Primera A in 2013 and are in the semi-finals of this year's competition, which has three stages. Nacional have also won two Copa Colombia trophies and a Superliga Colombiana.

Mejia was a second-half substitute in his country's 2-2 draw with Senegal at the weekend and was then forced off injured. Colombia's next game is against Jordan tomorrow.

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12:36pm Thu 5 Jun 14

VOReason says...

Hope he us better than that cart horse parades who played for Ecuador yesterday.

Awful
Hope he us better than that cart horse parades who played for Ecuador yesterday. Awful VOReason
  • Score: -41

12:44pm Thu 5 Jun 14

HornetJJ says...

VOReason wrote:
Hope he us better than that cart horse parades who played for Ecuador yesterday.

Awful
I actually thought he played alright!
[quote][p][bold]VOReason[/bold] wrote: Hope he us better than that cart horse parades who played for Ecuador yesterday. Awful[/p][/quote]I actually thought he played alright! HornetJJ
  • Score: 38

12:47pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Boosey says...

VOReason wrote:
Hope he us better than that cart horse parades who played for Ecuador yesterday.

Awful
I'm sure he's better than the four carthorses we had in defence yesterday.
[quote][p][bold]VOReason[/bold] wrote: Hope he us better than that cart horse parades who played for Ecuador yesterday. Awful[/p][/quote]I'm sure he's better than the four carthorses we had in defence yesterday. Boosey
  • Score: 32

1:03pm Thu 5 Jun 14

South LDN orn says...

Watford Observer please note the correct spelling of Colombia / Colombian.
Watford Observer please note the correct spelling of Colombia / Colombian. South LDN orn
  • Score: 14

1:11pm Thu 5 Jun 14

rayman01 says...

Ecuador attacked with pace and Parades looked good especially in the first half. WFC fans getting very picky over players at the World Cup! Even Belkalem must have more in his locker than we have seen. Conditions in Brazil means that Ecuador, Algeria and Columbia could thrive especially if England one paced players like Milner out of position. Luv the Horns!
Ecuador attacked with pace and Parades looked good especially in the first half. WFC fans getting very picky over players at the World Cup! Even Belkalem must have more in his locker than we have seen. Conditions in Brazil means that Ecuador, Algeria and Columbia could thrive especially if England one paced players like Milner out of position. Luv the Horns! rayman01
  • Score: 19

2:07pm Thu 5 Jun 14

smalon says...

Boosey wrote:
VOReason wrote:
Hope he us better than that cart horse parades who played for Ecuador yesterday.

Awful
I'm sure he's better than the four carthorses we had in defence yesterday.
I thought Luke Shaw did ok considering it was his first start and he had virtually no protection.
Milner was abysmal and Jones was poor.
How the hell Smalling made the squad on the back of the season he has just had, well it can only be based on who he plays for.
Shawcross and Curtis Davies had much better seasons but play for less fashionable clubs.
[quote][p][bold]Boosey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VOReason[/bold] wrote: Hope he us better than that cart horse parades who played for Ecuador yesterday. Awful[/p][/quote]I'm sure he's better than the four carthorses we had in defence yesterday.[/p][/quote]I thought Luke Shaw did ok considering it was his first start and he had virtually no protection. Milner was abysmal and Jones was poor. How the hell Smalling made the squad on the back of the season he has just had, well it can only be based on who he plays for. Shawcross and Curtis Davies had much better seasons but play for less fashionable clubs. smalon
  • Score: 19

2:41pm Thu 5 Jun 14

VOReason says...

HornetJJ wrote:
VOReason wrote:
Hope he us better than that cart horse parades who played for Ecuador yesterday.

Awful
I actually thought he played alright!
He couldn't pass cross dribble defend and he had no positional sense ...

At least doyley can defend!!!
[quote][p][bold]HornetJJ[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VOReason[/bold] wrote: Hope he us better than that cart horse parades who played for Ecuador yesterday. Awful[/p][/quote]I actually thought he played alright![/p][/quote]He couldn't pass cross dribble defend and he had no positional sense ... At least doyley can defend!!! VOReason
  • Score: -14

5:29pm Thu 5 Jun 14

younghornet says...

Well if he's good enough for colombia
Well if he's good enough for colombia younghornet
  • Score: 4

5:40pm Thu 5 Jun 14

The Skeptical Optimist says...

This guy is interesting. He is in complete antithesis to the likes of Abdi and Tozser - both very classy, fancy players. This is by no means saying Mejia's no good, some of the best players in the world aren't particularly fancy (think Yaya Toure). But he sounds in a lot of ways fairly similar to Iriney in playing style - not particularly good on the ball, but very good at playing ahead of the defence, breaking up play, making interceptions, then passing it on etc. Apart from this guy has a bit more of a creative edge in picking out a good pass.

I have to say, it's not been the type of player that's fit it into our team regularly so far, but maybe he's what we're missing - especially if we see a formation change this year. Of course, it's hard to make a firm statement when he's never played in the Championship before. Iriney was very highly regarded in Spain, but he didn't do much here.
This guy is interesting. He is in complete antithesis to the likes of Abdi and Tozser - both very classy, fancy players. This is by no means saying Mejia's no good, some of the best players in the world aren't particularly fancy (think Yaya Toure). But he sounds in a lot of ways fairly similar to Iriney in playing style - not particularly good on the ball, but very good at playing ahead of the defence, breaking up play, making interceptions, then passing it on etc. Apart from this guy has a bit more of a creative edge in picking out a good pass. I have to say, it's not been the type of player that's fit it into our team regularly so far, but maybe he's what we're missing - especially if we see a formation change this year. Of course, it's hard to make a firm statement when he's never played in the Championship before. Iriney was very highly regarded in Spain, but he didn't do much here. The Skeptical Optimist
  • Score: -3

7:01pm Thu 5 Jun 14

watford1881 says...

Sign him he's injured.. He'll fit right in....
Sign him he's injured.. He'll fit right in.... watford1881
  • Score: 1

7:03pm Thu 5 Jun 14

watford1881 says...

Doyley still gets lot of stick but hes still our best defender.. Points gained from games played is still the best at the club....
Doyley still gets lot of stick but hes still our best defender.. Points gained from games played is still the best at the club.... watford1881
  • Score: 9

10:47am Sat 14 Jun 14

Cuthbert007 says...

South LDN orn wrote:
Watford Observer please note the correct spelling of Colombia / Colombian.
You mean correct grammar not spelling lol
[quote][p][bold]South LDN orn[/bold] wrote: Watford Observer please note the correct spelling of Colombia / Colombian.[/p][/quote]You mean correct grammar not spelling lol Cuthbert007
  • Score: 0

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