Watford in talks with Blackpool and Northern Ireland centre back Craig Cathcart

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The Watford Observer understands the Hornets are in discussions with Blackpool defender Craig Cathcart over a return to Vicarage Road.

Cathcart played 12 times for the Golden Boys under Malky Mackay during a loan spell in 2009 before it was ended prematurely, with the club claiming it was due to a knee injury.

The 25-year-old joined Blackpool the following summer, soon after their promotion to the Premier League, for a reported £350,000 and has remained there since, making 117 appearances during his four-year stay.

Cathcart, who has 18 Northern Ireland caps, is out of contract this summer and remains in ongoing talks with the Hornets ahead of a move.

If the former Manchester United defender has a medical with the club, it will show he has an enlarged heart which has to be monitored regularly and resulted in him missing the first leg of Blackpool's Championship play-off semi-final first leg in 2012 as a precaution.

Cathcart is a centre half who is comfortable on the ball and can also play at right back.

Watford have already signed one centre half this summer in former West Bromwich Albion and Doncaster Rovers centre back Gabriel Tamas.

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6:51pm Tue 17 Jun 14

AngelHornet says...

Mentioned last week on another site.
Blackpool fans like him according to their forum, although it has been mentioned that he isn't too good against physical opposition.
Mentioned last week on another site. Blackpool fans like him according to their forum, although it has been mentioned that he isn't too good against physical opposition. AngelHornet
  • Score: 6

7:06pm Tue 17 Jun 14

rowlingstone says...

Another Championship player who is on a free transfer. I see a pattern emerging...
Another Championship player who is on a free transfer. I see a pattern emerging... rowlingstone
  • Score: 1

7:12pm Tue 17 Jun 14

D.unstable says...

If I recall he was embarrassingly rubbish during his time on loan, not too excited by this one.
If I recall he was embarrassingly rubbish during his time on loan, not too excited by this one. D.unstable
  • Score: 12

7:15pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Chariots says...

This would be the worst signing ever. I'm a hornet living in Blackpool and my mates hate him. I was also at the west brom game when we lost 5nil and Cathcart was the worst player then and has not improved. He is rubbish in the air and gets pushed off the ball very easily. Blackpool fans would drive him to us themselves. I really have to worry about the pozzo scouting network in this country. They haven't done there research and we will be very disappointed. I really hope this is a wind up. I would rather keep Fitz hall at the club than risk Cathcart. This would be a backwards move and along the same lines as Reece brown and Tom Alfred. Am shaking my head in shear horror and disbelief. Please tell this is a dream.
This would be the worst signing ever. I'm a hornet living in Blackpool and my mates hate him. I was also at the west brom game when we lost 5nil and Cathcart was the worst player then and has not improved. He is rubbish in the air and gets pushed off the ball very easily. Blackpool fans would drive him to us themselves. I really have to worry about the pozzo scouting network in this country. They haven't done there research and we will be very disappointed. I really hope this is a wind up. I would rather keep Fitz hall at the club than risk Cathcart. This would be a backwards move and along the same lines as Reece brown and Tom Alfred. Am shaking my head in shear horror and disbelief. Please tell this is a dream. Chariots
  • Score: 7

7:32pm Tue 17 Jun 14

UAFhornet says...

Cathcart was an average player when he played for us, just like Cowie..
Cathcart was an average player when he played for us, just like Cowie.. UAFhornet
  • Score: -12

7:54pm Tue 17 Jun 14

kevhenderson says...

D.unstable wrote:
If I recall he was embarrassingly rubbish during his time on loan, not too excited by this one.
I agree. I read this with dismay. He was very poor for us during his loan spell, which thankfully finished early.
[quote][p][bold]D.unstable[/bold] wrote: If I recall he was embarrassingly rubbish during his time on loan, not too excited by this one.[/p][/quote]I agree. I read this with dismay. He was very poor for us during his loan spell, which thankfully finished early. kevhenderson
  • Score: 14

8:25pm Tue 17 Jun 14

QUINNPT says...

Guys I expect he will be brought in as cover. Also just because he was crap last time doesn't mean he will be this time.
Look at Estate good first year at wfc poor second.
Guys I expect he will be brought in as cover. Also just because he was crap last time doesn't mean he will be this time. Look at Estate good first year at wfc poor second. QUINNPT
  • Score: -3

8:26pm Tue 17 Jun 14

QUINNPT says...

*Eskrand
*Eskrand QUINNPT
  • Score: -7

9:03pm Tue 17 Jun 14

grahamwfc says...

I'm getting worried about who is leaving? Angella?. We are almost certainly going to be playing 442 next season and have signed, Bekalem and Tamas, linked with Cathcart. Hoban surely has to start so one from the above 3 plus Angella and Ekstrand. One or maybe two out the door me thinks.
I'm getting worried about who is leaving? Angella?. We are almost certainly going to be playing 442 next season and have signed, Bekalem and Tamas, linked with Cathcart. Hoban surely has to start so one from the above 3 plus Angella and Ekstrand. One or maybe two out the door me thinks. grahamwfc
  • Score: -2

9:10pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Paul Gadd says...

Oh no not Cathcart......was more of a donkey cart when with us...

Can't believe Pozzos are not pulling out all the stops to get us in the EPL with all the riches on offer, and especially after being in touching distance under Zola!
Oh no not Cathcart......was more of a donkey cart when with us... Can't believe Pozzos are not pulling out all the stops to get us in the EPL with all the riches on offer, and especially after being in touching distance under Zola! Paul Gadd
  • Score: -10

9:45pm Tue 17 Jun 14

philthehorn says...

AngelHornet wrote:
Mentioned last week on another site.
Blackpool fans like him according to their forum, although it has been mentioned that he isn't too good against physical opposition.
He is rubbish and Angella with Hoban is way forward. Ekstrand can go as is a liability and makes too many errors.
[quote][p][bold]AngelHornet[/bold] wrote: Mentioned last week on another site. Blackpool fans like him according to their forum, although it has been mentioned that he isn't too good against physical opposition.[/p][/quote]He is rubbish and Angella with Hoban is way forward. Ekstrand can go as is a liability and makes too many errors. philthehorn
  • Score: -4

9:48pm Tue 17 Jun 14

WFCinexile says...

Can people please stop going on about his loan spell with us. He was lacking experience then, he's had 5 more years since then, different player. I like that we are being linked with proven Championship players, that's what we were missing last season. He is a decent player at this level, that's what we need to complement our younger or foreign players.

Would I be excited if we signed him? No. He's a proven championship defender, but we need a few such players.
Can people please stop going on about his loan spell with us. He was lacking experience then, he's had 5 more years since then, different player. I like that we are being linked with proven Championship players, that's what we were missing last season. He is a decent player at this level, that's what we need to complement our younger or foreign players. Would I be excited if we signed him? No. He's a proven championship defender, but we need a few such players. WFCinexile
  • Score: 14

10:53pm Tue 17 Jun 14

lockerbiehornet says...

WFCinexile wrote:
Can people please stop going on about his loan spell with us. He was lacking experience then, he's had 5 more years since then, different player. I like that we are being linked with proven Championship players, that's what we were missing last season. He is a decent player at this level, that's what we need to complement our younger or foreign players.

Would I be excited if we signed him? No. He's a proven championship defender, but we need a few such players.
Agreed and anyway how many of us get excited when signing a defender,? Surely it's the attacking players that get our juices flowing, but we need a solid back line and as said before this he's definitely a squad player not a regular
[quote][p][bold]WFCinexile[/bold] wrote: Can people please stop going on about his loan spell with us. He was lacking experience then, he's had 5 more years since then, different player. I like that we are being linked with proven Championship players, that's what we were missing last season. He is a decent player at this level, that's what we need to complement our younger or foreign players. Would I be excited if we signed him? No. He's a proven championship defender, but we need a few such players.[/p][/quote]Agreed and anyway how many of us get excited when signing a defender,? Surely it's the attacking players that get our juices flowing, but we need a solid back line and as said before this he's definitely a squad player not a regular lockerbiehornet
  • Score: 6

12:08am Wed 18 Jun 14

Chariots says...

With a central defense of Angella ekstrand Doyley Hoban Tamas do we really need another squad player. Cathcart is a big fish in a small pool at bpool but will be drowned at watford. I cannot believe that we are looking at such a defensive liability as him. We need an aerial presence in defense and Cathcart will not give us that. If the pozzos and nani see a future in him no wonder we got franchone and neutron. I'm still in shock at the thought of it.
With a central defense of Angella ekstrand Doyley Hoban Tamas do we really need another squad player. Cathcart is a big fish in a small pool at bpool but will be drowned at watford. I cannot believe that we are looking at such a defensive liability as him. We need an aerial presence in defense and Cathcart will not give us that. If the pozzos and nani see a future in him no wonder we got franchone and neutron. I'm still in shock at the thought of it. Chariots
  • Score: -1

12:47am Wed 18 Jun 14

rogeruk says...

Watford will be fighting relegation this season coming. Pozzos no ambition 60 points last season lucky to get 55 points in new season. Very depressing!
Watford will be fighting relegation this season coming. Pozzos no ambition 60 points last season lucky to get 55 points in new season. Very depressing! rogeruk
  • Score: -28

12:58am Wed 18 Jun 14

croxley46 says...

Why not take Lucas Neill back on loan again?!
Some of these signings, particularly if Catheter comes back, don't fill me with much confidence I'm afraid.
Why not take Lucas Neill back on loan again?! Some of these signings, particularly if Catheter comes back, don't fill me with much confidence I'm afraid. croxley46
  • Score: -4

7:57am Wed 18 Jun 14

andyandyandy says...

Make no mistake this would be a disaster of a signing and would seriously question the Pozzo's ambition. Or is Nani just totally inept?
This is relegation standard. I take is Angella is going so we signed a Romanian drunk. Now this?
Is he better than Reece Brown or Belkalem? Doubt it. Worrying times.
Make no mistake this would be a disaster of a signing and would seriously question the Pozzo's ambition. Or is Nani just totally inept? This is relegation standard. I take is Angella is going so we signed a Romanian drunk. Now this? Is he better than Reece Brown or Belkalem? Doubt it. Worrying times. andyandyandy
  • Score: 2

7:57am Wed 18 Jun 14

endean2 says...

we need a BIG,STRONG AND COMMANDING centre back
so why the hell are we looking at this chump?
dear me, this is certainly not the way to go, he is rubbish and that is
being polite.
we need a BIG,STRONG AND COMMANDING centre back so why the hell are we looking at this chump? dear me, this is certainly not the way to go, he is rubbish and that is being polite. endean2
  • Score: 6

9:06am Wed 18 Jun 14

McClelland the Legend says...

Oh no. Please no!
Oh no. Please no! McClelland the Legend
  • Score: 3

9:23am Wed 18 Jun 14

Wooter bout that! says...

He is utter gash. Nani out
He is utter gash. Nani out Wooter bout that!
  • Score: 1

9:30am Wed 18 Jun 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

So it looks like another round of freebees and random loans from the Pozzo network. I really hope they've got something a little more impressive up their sleeve for this summer. If we lose Troy and possibly Angella, and don't get Vydra, I can see this season being a real struggle with what we have.
So it looks like another round of freebees and random loans from the Pozzo network. I really hope they've got something a little more impressive up their sleeve for this summer. If we lose Troy and possibly Angella, and don't get Vydra, I can see this season being a real struggle with what we have. Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: -1

9:43am Wed 18 Jun 14

Bush Hornet says...

Danny Drinkwater and Andros Townsend were unimpressive on loan for us too. Both have done more than ok since. People on here need to withhold judgement. I looked at Blackpool fans' comments and most don't want to lose Cathcart.
Danny Drinkwater and Andros Townsend were unimpressive on loan for us too. Both have done more than ok since. People on here need to withhold judgement. I looked at Blackpool fans' comments and most don't want to lose Cathcart. Bush Hornet
  • Score: 4

9:58am Wed 18 Jun 14

chrisptrifle says...

Im hoping that most of the players we are linked to are just rumours. In my opinion we need to trim down and just tweak the squad a little, not make huge adjustments. Move out those who want to go or are considered not good enough and bring in players that are clearly better than what we already have - i.e. strengthen. We have a big enough squad and a good enough core to be able to do this now.
I am happy to gamble if we are talking about young lads who have potential, but this needs to be supplemented with proven quality... Looking at the squad as a whole, we already have a bunch of fringe players who probably feel they werent given a fair crack at it last season. It is worth considering that if they were given 4-5 games on the bounce we could perhaps make a sound assessment on their ability. I would be happy to give the team a bit of time and take this approach rather than acquire 9-10 new players, only see them play occasionally and at the end of the day have no real clue as to whether or not they are actually any good.
Im hoping that most of the players we are linked to are just rumours. In my opinion we need to trim down and just tweak the squad a little, not make huge adjustments. Move out those who want to go or are considered not good enough and bring in players that are clearly better than what we already have - i.e. strengthen. We have a big enough squad and a good enough core to be able to do this now. I am happy to gamble if we are talking about young lads who have potential, but this needs to be supplemented with proven quality... Looking at the squad as a whole, we already have a bunch of fringe players who probably feel they werent given a fair crack at it last season. It is worth considering that if they were given 4-5 games on the bounce we could perhaps make a sound assessment on their ability. I would be happy to give the team a bit of time and take this approach rather than acquire 9-10 new players, only see them play occasionally and at the end of the day have no real clue as to whether or not they are actually any good. chrisptrifle
  • Score: 6

11:21am Wed 18 Jun 14

northofwatfordpete says...

Blackpool fans rate him highly.
Blackpool fans rate him highly. northofwatfordpete
  • Score: 1

12:03pm Wed 18 Jun 14

jasonwatford says...

Rubbish - If this is the quality we are going after then another mid table season looms
Rubbish - If this is the quality we are going after then another mid table season looms jasonwatford
  • Score: -2

11:27pm Wed 18 Jun 14

soulfulhornet says...

Give the lad a break. I don't recall him being that bad (or that good for that matter), but he is 5 years older now. Could he do a job for us - probably.

Mind you this fictation with players that were here before - e.g. Danny, Don Cowie, Cathgart, Tommy Smith is becoming a bit boring and nonsensical. The common denominator - Malky!!! Is McKay coming back ? Is his other options WBA, Norwich, Celtic, West Ham, Southampton all gone.

Not opposed to his return but ..... I can't believe Beppe or Nani for that matter is overly aware of the ex-players strengths and weaknesses. Only a thought - open to debate.
Give the lad a break. I don't recall him being that bad (or that good for that matter), but he is 5 years older now. Could he do a job for us - probably. Mind you this fictation with players that were here before - e.g. Danny, Don Cowie, Cathgart, Tommy Smith is becoming a bit boring and nonsensical. The common denominator - Malky!!! Is McKay coming back ? Is his other options WBA, Norwich, Celtic, West Ham, Southampton all gone. Not opposed to his return but ..... I can't believe Beppe or Nani for that matter is overly aware of the ex-players strengths and weaknesses. Only a thought - open to debate. soulfulhornet
  • Score: 3

8:53am Thu 19 Jun 14

Harry's Bar says...

soulfulhornet wrote:
Give the lad a break. I don't recall him being that bad (or that good for that matter), but he is 5 years older now. Could he do a job for us - probably.

Mind you this fictation with players that were here before - e.g. Danny, Don Cowie, Cathgart, Tommy Smith is becoming a bit boring and nonsensical. The common denominator - Malky!!! Is McKay coming back ? Is his other options WBA, Norwich, Celtic, West Ham, Southampton all gone.

Not opposed to his return but ..... I can't believe Beppe or Nani for that matter is overly aware of the ex-players strengths and weaknesses. Only a thought - open to debate.
Just coincidence I'm sure, but I wouldn't put it past Nani to go to Mackay for advice. He went to Almunia for advice whilst preparing his P45 so anything's possible with him.
[quote][p][bold]soulfulhornet[/bold] wrote: Give the lad a break. I don't recall him being that bad (or that good for that matter), but he is 5 years older now. Could he do a job for us - probably. Mind you this fictation with players that were here before - e.g. Danny, Don Cowie, Cathgart, Tommy Smith is becoming a bit boring and nonsensical. The common denominator - Malky!!! Is McKay coming back ? Is his other options WBA, Norwich, Celtic, West Ham, Southampton all gone. Not opposed to his return but ..... I can't believe Beppe or Nani for that matter is overly aware of the ex-players strengths and weaknesses. Only a thought - open to debate.[/p][/quote]Just coincidence I'm sure, but I wouldn't put it past Nani to go to Mackay for advice. He went to Almunia for advice whilst preparing his P45 so anything's possible with him. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 0

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