06/08/2015

OFFICIAL: Diamanti Transfer Completed

WATFORD have completed the signing of Italian international Alessandro Diamanti on a season-long loan, subject to receiving international clearance.

The 32-year-old playmaker joins the Hornets for the 2015/16 Premier League season from Chinese outfit Guangzhou Evergrande.

A technically gifted attacking midfielder, Diamanti has played 17 times for Italy, including three appearances at Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.

He also spent a year in the Premier League with West Ham, scoring eight goals in 30 games and being voted runner-up for the Hammers’ 2009/10 Player of the Year award.

Diamanti spent the second half of last season on loan at Serie A side Fiorentina, and has also previously played for fellow Italian clubs Bologna, Brescia and Livorno.

The left-footed set-piece specialist adds further quality and experience to Quique Sanchez Flores’ squad, with more than 300 domestic appearances to his name in Italy, England and China.

First Team 24/07/2015

Holebas | “I’m Happy To Be Here”

JOSE HOLEBAS arrives at Vicarage Road with a bagful of experience, something he believes will benefit his new club.

The 31-year-old signed for Watford from AS Roma, and believes the experience he already has against English teams will help prepare him for the challenges the Premier League will pose.

“It is a tough league. I’ve played twice against Arsenal and also against Manchester City in the Champions League, so big teams in England, and it was really tough,” he exclusively told watfordfc.com.

“But I feel as though I understand better how they play now.”

Holebas is a Greece international and has also played in the Champions League with Roma and Olympiakos, and he believes he can use this to help the club on the pitch, as well as the younger players off it.

“I have some experience and there are some young guys here, so I think I can help them with my experience,” he said.

“The first thing we need to do is stay in the Premier League next season. That is the main thing.”

Holebas has been with the Watford squad for a couple of weeks now, and he is pleased with how things have been going so far.

“I’m happy to be here and we are working hard. That is what we have to do in pre-season," he said.

“Everybody knows we are a little bit of a smaller club so we have to work on our fighting spirit and team spirit and the rest will come later.”