UPDATE: Trabzonspor have option to buy Watford defender Essaid Belkalem for between £2m and £2.3m

Essaid Belkalem has again joined his ex-Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic, who took over Trabzonspor this summer. Picture: Action Images

Essaid Belkalem has again joined his ex-Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic, who took over Trabzonspor this summer. Picture: Action Images

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Trabzonspor have the option to buy Essaid Belkalem from Watford for between £2m and £2.3m at the end of his loan spell with the Turkish club, the Watford Observer understand.

The Hornets have received a loan fee of around £400,000 for the centre back's year-long loan at Trabzonspor and they have the option to buy him at the end of his temporary deal.

However, the Golden Boys do have the final say over whether they want to keep the 25-year-old.

We reported on July 26 that Belkalem was set to join Trabzonspor and that was confirmed on Tuesday.

Belkalem will again be working with his ex-Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic, who took over Trabzonspor this summer after the World Cup.

The centre back was given extra time off by the Hornets after participating in the World Cup and didn’t rejoin the Watford squad for pre-season.

He only made seven starts and three substitute appearances during his first season at Vicarage Road after he arrived on loan from Granada last summer. That deal was then made permanent midway through last season.

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9:56am Thu 7 Aug 14

Andrew1963 says...

This is the way to run a football club. Barely played for us, i hope he is player of the year in Turkey.
This is the way to run a football club. Barely played for us, i hope he is player of the year in Turkey. Andrew1963
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9:59am Thu 7 Aug 14

bigdave8 says...

Again great biz . Very impressed with whoever is in charge of putting these deals together
Again great biz . Very impressed with whoever is in charge of putting these deals together bigdave8
  • Score: 26

10:44am Thu 7 Aug 14

jasonwatford says...

Should have held onto Joe Garner and Chris Ilwomo they both would have been sold for 5 mill each at this rate !!!
Should have held onto Joe Garner and Chris Ilwomo they both would have been sold for 5 mill each at this rate !!! jasonwatford
  • Score: 17

10:49am Thu 7 Aug 14

No Wheels says...

they have played a blinder on this. I thought it was a speculative tactic even before the world cup, when they signed him up just before the tournament... A couple of half decent performances with the world watching and sit back and watch as the interest goes through the roof...
they have played a blinder on this. I thought it was a speculative tactic even before the world cup, when they signed him up just before the tournament... A couple of half decent performances with the world watching and sit back and watch as the interest goes through the roof... No Wheels
  • Score: 18

12:56pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Paul Gadd says...

jasonwatford wrote:
Should have held onto Joe Garner and Chris Ilwomo they both would have been sold for 5 mill each at this rate !!!
You just reminded me of our 'strike' force a few seasons ago!!!

And to think there were some tools out there wanting to hound TD9 out of the club.......just because some students head slipped on to Troy's foot!

COYH!
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: Should have held onto Joe Garner and Chris Ilwomo they both would have been sold for 5 mill each at this rate !!![/p][/quote]You just reminded me of our 'strike' force a few seasons ago!!! And to think there were some tools out there wanting to hound TD9 out of the club.......just because some students head slipped on to Troy's foot! COYH! Paul Gadd
  • Score: -12

4:43pm Thu 7 Aug 14

hogweed says...

Great deal for clodhopper.

Hog out
Great deal for clodhopper. Hog out hogweed
  • Score: -1

11:36pm Thu 7 Aug 14

bornyellow says...

Bet Baz wished he had the Pozzo touch.
Bet Baz wished he had the Pozzo touch. bornyellow
  • Score: 1

10:15am Sat 9 Aug 14

Mr Watford of Watford says...

Am I missing something? This guy was shocking. A penalty waiting to happen. I sincerely hope he 'adapts' to Turkish football quickly so we can cash in.
Am I missing something? This guy was shocking. A penalty waiting to happen. I sincerely hope he 'adapts' to Turkish football quickly so we can cash in. Mr Watford of Watford
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