Watford miss out on Real Betis man but conclude deal for Juan year's time

Juanfran during a friendly with Everton in 2013. Picture: Action Images

Juanfran during a friendly with Everton in 2013. Picture: Action Images

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Watford were unable to secure a deal for Juanfran before tonight’s 11pm transfer window deadline but have reached an agreement to sign the player next summer.

Last night we reported how the Hornets had submitted a bid of around £1.2m for the right-sided player and had hoped to conclude a deal before tonight’s 11pm transfer window deadline.

However, his club Real Betis have confirmed the 25-year-old will move to Deportivo la Coruna on a season-long loan before joining the Golden Boys next summer.

Not to be confused with the Atletico Madrid defender of the same name, Juanfran is a right-sided player who can play at full back, midfield or further forward.

Juanfran has previously turned down the chance to join his old Real Madrid coach Aitor Karanka at Middlesbrough.

Juanfran started his career at Getafe and made appearances in La Liga and the UEFA Cup before joining Villarreal B for a season.

He earned a move to Real Madrid B and impressed enough to be handed a debut for the full side in May 2010, when he was an 84th-minute substitute for Fernando Gago during the 3-2 victory over Osasuna.

He was given an additional 21 minutes during the 2-0 defeat against Levante in the Copa del Rey the following January.

Juanfran was a regular for Real Madrid B in the Spanish second division prior to joining Real Betis on a free transfer in the summer of 2013.

He made 48 appearances for Betis last season in La Liga, Europa League and the Copa del Rey but they finished bottom in their domestic campaign and were relegated. Juanfran has not featured for Betis so far this season.

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11:06pm Mon 1 Sep 14

ashdownforestieri says...

I had seen the headline and thought it was the Athletico Madrid player! I think we have enough going on and certainly a big enough squad so maybe it's no bad thing this on hold until next year.
I had seen the headline and thought it was the Athletico Madrid player! I think we have enough going on and certainly a big enough squad so maybe it's no bad thing this on hold until next year. ashdownforestieri
  • Score: 13

11:09pm Mon 1 Sep 14

tonyevans22 says...

We don't need any more players,We have 1 hell of a squad on paper,I would have liked us to sign 2 quality Defenders with Prem experience,then we would p1ss this league with the right manager.
We don't need any more players,We have 1 hell of a squad on paper,I would have liked us to sign 2 quality Defenders with Prem experience,then we would p1ss this league with the right manager. tonyevans22
  • Score: 0

12:02am Tue 2 Sep 14

bornyellow says...

Oh well...never mind...think we have just about a big enough squad to be getting on with.
Oh well...never mind...think we have just about a big enough squad to be getting on with. bornyellow
  • Score: 11

12:12am Tue 2 Sep 14

ukguyca says...

now he can just skip the championship and go straight into the Premiership with us next year
now he can just skip the championship and go straight into the Premiership with us next year ukguyca
  • Score: 1

12:57am Tue 2 Sep 14

rayman01 says...

After yesterday's drama a nice quiet transfer deadline day! Like a few other clubs such as Chelsea we did our shopping early. Most importantly we kept hold of Troy and the rest of our awesome squad. JuanFran is obviously a guy for the future. Now let's go shopping for a talented young manager with a good balance of the right qualities to get us promotion. Luv the Horns!
After yesterday's drama a nice quiet transfer deadline day! Like a few other clubs such as Chelsea we did our shopping early. Most importantly we kept hold of Troy and the rest of our awesome squad. JuanFran is obviously a guy for the future. Now let's go shopping for a talented young manager with a good balance of the right qualities to get us promotion. Luv the Horns! rayman01
  • Score: 7

7:28am Tue 2 Sep 14

endean2 says...

actually one of the best Deadline days for us, we kept our talisman
which was ALL IMPORTANT, squad adequete already
now bring in the right head coach and who knows!
actually one of the best Deadline days for us, we kept our talisman which was ALL IMPORTANT, squad adequete already now bring in the right head coach and who knows! endean2
  • Score: 5

8:23am Tue 2 Sep 14

LoveKeithDublin says...

Amazing to enjoy a relaxed deadline day where for once we weren't waiting for Jim White to announce that we'd sold our star man for a pittance. And no panic ridden last-minute loans either. We've come a long way - hats off to the Orns for getting the squad sorted early this year. Now let's hammer Charlton!
Amazing to enjoy a relaxed deadline day where for once we weren't waiting for Jim White to announce that we'd sold our star man for a pittance. And no panic ridden last-minute loans either. We've come a long way - hats off to the Orns for getting the squad sorted early this year. Now let's hammer Charlton! LoveKeithDublin
  • Score: 9

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