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Former Roma and Italy defender Marco Cassetti signed for Udinese to keep Watford wage bill down
New loan signing Marco Cassetti joined Udinese first so the Hornets could share the player's wages, the Watford Observer understands.
Cassetti was released by Roma in the summer and was not registered with Udinese initially but it is believed the 35-year-old signed with the Italian club to facilitate the loan to Watford, rather than join in a permanent move.
It is likely this manoeuvre was completed in order to help Watford keep their wage bill down as a loan move will allow the club to share Cassetti’s wages with Udinese.
The exact details of the arrangement however are not yet known.
The versatile Italian, who can play on the right side of midfield or across the backline, spent six seasons at Roma where he won the Coppa Italia twice and played in two Champions League quarter-finals.
However, injury problems meant first team opportunities became increasingly limited last season and Cassetti left the club in the summer.
Cassetti is the Hornets’ ninth signing of the transfer window and the seventh to arrive on loan from either Udinese or Granada - two clubs also owned by the Pozzo family.
Football League rules state no more than two players over the age of 23 can join from one club but this rule, and some other loan regulations, do not apply to international loans as they are treated as permanent transfers.
It is unclear whether Cassetti, who will wear the number 27, will be available for Watford’s game against Birmingham on Saturday.