Beppe Sannino refuses to confirm whether Alexander Merkel and Mathias Ranegie were watching today's game

Watford Observer: Mathias Ranegie (left) playing for Malmo in 2011. Pictures: Action Images Mathias Ranegie (left) playing for Malmo in 2011. Pictures: Action Images

Watford’s head coach Beppe Sannino refused to confirm that Mathias Ranegie and Alexander Merkel were in the directors’ box at Vicarage Road this afternoon ahead of moves to the club.

The Udinese duo have long been linked with a move to the Hertfordshire club and they were both pictured in the Upper Rous Stand today during the 0-0 draw with Queens Park Rangers.

But when Sannino was asked to confirm that Ranegie and Merkel were in the directors’ box, he replied: “This is not time to talk about this. Club staff will speak about the market window when the market window opens.”

When he was pressed on the matter further, and asked if the pair were currently training with the rest of the Hornets players, Sannino said: “I think they could train from January 1.”

Merkel signed for fellow Pozzo-owed club Udinese in January but only made six outings last season and has yet to feature during the current campaign – although he has been an unused substitute on several occasions.

The 21-year-old joined AC Milan from Stuttgart as a teenager and made his debut at the age of 18, featuring ten times during the 2010/11 season.

Genoa bought 50 per cent of the player in 2011 and he made 16 appearances for the Serie A club before he rejoined Milan on loan.

However, he only made one outing before he had a spell on the sidelines with a knee injury.

Merkel played for Genoa six times in the first half of last season before he signed for Udinese in January.

Merkel is Kazakhstan-born but has represented Germany throughout the youth age groups up until the Under-20s level.

Watford Observer: Alexander Merkel's agent has said the player could be open to a move to Watford in January. Picture: Action Images

Ranegie is a striker who is 6ft 5’ tall and has represented Sweden on three occasions in the past.

The 29-year-old has made four appearances for Udinese this campaign and played 26 times last season, scoring one goal.

He was a latecomer to professional football and after a largely unsuccessful spell at IFK Göteborg, made a name for himself at BK Häcken, where he scored 36 goals in 81 appearances.

Malmo signed him in 2011 and 13 goals in 26 games persuaded Udinese to sign the player in August last summer.

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6:44pm Sun 29 Dec 13

WFC FANMAN says...

Welcome to the club boys impression us.
Welcome to the club boys impression us. WFC FANMAN
  • Score: -1

6:56pm Sun 29 Dec 13

AngelHornet says...

On loan I would guess? Both with a point to prove and at a crossroads in their careers.
Good luck!
On loan I would guess? Both with a point to prove and at a crossroads in their careers. Good luck! AngelHornet
  • Score: 10

6:57pm Sun 29 Dec 13

a1derek says...

Would also like to see Zielinksi who was mentioned earlier in the year, he looks very good indeed.
Would also like to see Zielinksi who was mentioned earlier in the year, he looks very good indeed. a1derek
  • Score: 9

7:00pm Sun 29 Dec 13

francowatford says...

Don't sound like they set the world alight but a 6.5ft striker will mix in up a bit -:)
Don't sound like they set the world alight but a 6.5ft striker will mix in up a bit -:) francowatford
  • Score: 5

7:17pm Sun 29 Dec 13

JohnnyBarnes says...

Yes please!
Ranegie at 6'5" sounds built for the Championship, and I think that his arguably poor goalscoring record - recently, that is - reflects how few minutes he's had within each appearance
Merkel though, my word. To be linked with him and for it not to be completely ridiculous shows how far we've come under the Pozzos.
Two clean sheets on the spin and five points off the play-offs having only won one in ten. Reasons to be cheerful!
Yes please! Ranegie at 6'5" sounds built for the Championship, and I think that his arguably poor goalscoring record - recently, that is - reflects how few minutes he's had within each appearance Merkel though, my word. To be linked with him and for it not to be completely ridiculous shows how far we've come under the Pozzos. Two clean sheets on the spin and five points off the play-offs having only won one in ten. Reasons to be cheerful! JohnnyBarnes
  • Score: 47

7:19pm Sun 29 Dec 13

stewbyhorn says...

Don't forget people we hadn't heard of any of the players who came in from Udinese last season and look where that got us.
Well done today
Don't forget people we hadn't heard of any of the players who came in from Udinese last season and look where that got us. Well done today stewbyhorn
  • Score: 12

7:24pm Sun 29 Dec 13

rayman01 says...

It looks sadly like Abdi is not getting back as quickly as we would hope. That is why Merkel could be on his way to us. McGugan looked great second half against Millwall but a bit disappointing today. Despite his ability at freekicks a midfielder with a killer forward pass and can boss a game is needed. Let's hope Merkel is that man. As for Renegie his physical presence should give us something different and help Deeney out. Apart from Anya we still lack pace so hoping these guys are quick. On a final note despite our recent run I have been impressed with Bellerin and Thorne has been much better last two games. Things are looking up and Sannino seems to be doing OK so far. Luv the Horns!
It looks sadly like Abdi is not getting back as quickly as we would hope. That is why Merkel could be on his way to us. McGugan looked great second half against Millwall but a bit disappointing today. Despite his ability at freekicks a midfielder with a killer forward pass and can boss a game is needed. Let's hope Merkel is that man. As for Renegie his physical presence should give us something different and help Deeney out. Apart from Anya we still lack pace so hoping these guys are quick. On a final note despite our recent run I have been impressed with Bellerin and Thorne has been much better last two games. Things are looking up and Sannino seems to be doing OK so far. Luv the Horns! rayman01
  • Score: 23

7:47pm Sun 29 Dec 13

The BestTrip2011 says...

JohnnyBarnes wrote:
Yes please!
Ranegie at 6'5" sounds built for the Championship, and I think that his arguably poor goalscoring record - recently, that is - reflects how few minutes he's had within each appearance
Merkel though, my word. To be linked with him and for it not to be completely ridiculous shows how far we've come under the Pozzos.
Two clean sheets on the spin and five points off the play-offs having only won one in ten. Reasons to be cheerful!
Agreed. Merkel is quality.
[quote][p][bold]JohnnyBarnes[/bold] wrote: Yes please! Ranegie at 6'5" sounds built for the Championship, and I think that his arguably poor goalscoring record - recently, that is - reflects how few minutes he's had within each appearance Merkel though, my word. To be linked with him and for it not to be completely ridiculous shows how far we've come under the Pozzos. Two clean sheets on the spin and five points off the play-offs having only won one in ten. Reasons to be cheerful![/p][/quote]Agreed. Merkel is quality. The BestTrip2011
  • Score: 9

5:27am Mon 30 Dec 13

PozzoHornet says...

Can't say whether either of them are quality or not because I haven't seen them play. All I know is, I'd never heard of Ranegie before he was linked with us, and Merkel was supposedly the next big thing on Fifa 12 but has (so far, it seems) failed to live up to his potential. Sound familiar anyone? *cough* McEachran *cough*
Can't say whether either of them are quality or not because I haven't seen them play. All I know is, I'd never heard of Ranegie before he was linked with us, and Merkel was supposedly the next big thing on Fifa 12 but has (so far, it seems) failed to live up to his potential. Sound familiar anyone? *cough* McEachran *cough* PozzoHornet
  • Score: -3

9:56am Mon 30 Dec 13

jasonwatford says...

Merkel had a bad injury and trying to get back to full potential in Seria A is a really hard thing to do , a drop in class he will shine again. Sometimes like a Horse or Greyhound they need to be dropped back in class run at length then brought back to the highest grade.
Merkel had a bad injury and trying to get back to full potential in Seria A is a really hard thing to do , a drop in class he will shine again. Sometimes like a Horse or Greyhound they need to be dropped back in class run at length then brought back to the highest grade. jasonwatford
  • Score: 5

10:27am Mon 30 Dec 13

Bucks:Hornet says...

Although they play in different positions, Merkel reminds me a bit of Vydra, both young and suffering early setbacks in their careers. I have a good feeling he will impress much like Vydra too.

As for Ranegie, I'll hold judgement for now, his scoring record isn't great but there are many reasons that may be. He could provide an areal threat much like Nugent provides for Leicester which would be just what we need.
Although they play in different positions, Merkel reminds me a bit of Vydra, both young and suffering early setbacks in their careers. I have a good feeling he will impress much like Vydra too. As for Ranegie, I'll hold judgement for now, his scoring record isn't great but there are many reasons that may be. He could provide an areal threat much like Nugent provides for Leicester which would be just what we need. Bucks:Hornet
  • Score: 3

12:50pm Mon 30 Dec 13

The Not-so-enlightened one says...

Perhaps the arrival of a 6'5" CF reflects the more pragmatic approach to Championship football being adopted by the new boss. You need to be able to mix it up more to keep opposition defences on their toes. Apparently this was seen in the second half v QPR to good effect. On the flip side, which players wiil be "going home" in January?
Perhaps the arrival of a 6'5" CF reflects the more pragmatic approach to Championship football being adopted by the new boss. You need to be able to mix it up more to keep opposition defences on their toes. Apparently this was seen in the second half v QPR to good effect. On the flip side, which players wiil be "going home" in January? The Not-so-enlightened one
  • Score: 3

3:35pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Willow23 says...

Will they be able to play against Yeovil of they do sign? As it on Jan 1st
Will they be able to play against Yeovil of they do sign? As it on Jan 1st Willow23
  • Score: 0

8:24pm Wed 1 Jan 14

PozzoHornet says...

The Not-so-enlightened one wrote:
Perhaps the arrival of a 6'5" CF reflects the more pragmatic approach to Championship football being adopted by the new boss. You need to be able to mix it up more to keep opposition defences on their toes. Apparently this was seen in the second half v QPR to good effect. On the flip side, which players wiil be "going home" in January?
McEachran probably. Belkalem maybe, although I doubt it. Thorne, hopefully not. All others on perm contracts.
[quote][p][bold]The Not-so-enlightened one[/bold] wrote: Perhaps the arrival of a 6'5" CF reflects the more pragmatic approach to Championship football being adopted by the new boss. You need to be able to mix it up more to keep opposition defences on their toes. Apparently this was seen in the second half v QPR to good effect. On the flip side, which players wiil be "going home" in January?[/p][/quote]McEachran probably. Belkalem maybe, although I doubt it. Thorne, hopefully not. All others on perm contracts. PozzoHornet
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