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Gianfranco Zola says Watford will not sign as many players 'as people think'
Gianfranco Zola says Watford are “working” on the signing of Fitz Hall but there will not be as many new arrivals “as people think”.
It will be a major surprise if the capture of the former Queens Park Rangers and Crystal Palace defender, who is now a free agent, is not confirmed shortly after he was involved in the warm-up ahead of this afternoon’s 1-1 friendly draw at Wealdstone.
When asked if a deal for Hall was any closer to being completed, Zola replied: “We’re working on that. Obviously there will be some players that might come to strengthen the squad, not as many as people are talking about in the newspapers – we’ve been connected to everybody.
“That will be some players that come. Not as many as people think. I’ve found a lot of real qualities over here and I’m focusing on developing those qualities and with the help of some players, maybe we’ll build up a very good team.”
Trialists Almen Abdi and Daniel Pudil once again featured for the Hornets and two other new faces, believed to be Ikechi Anya and Steve Leo Beleck, were also spotted among the travelling squad at Grosvenor Vale.
Both players are currently with Pozzo family-owned clubs – Glasgow-born winger Anya is at Granada, but was loaned out to Cadiz last season, while Beleck is on the books of Udinese. The striker was also on loan in the last campaign at AEK Athens.
Asked about the pair, Zola responded: “It’s a possibility. We will see how it goes. I’m looking forward to training them.”
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