Adalberto Penaranda’s planned link-up with Watford this summer is in jeopardy due to problems in obtaining the youngster a work permit,  The Football Pyramid understands.

The highly-rated prospect signed a four-and-a-half year deal in February to join the Hornets from Udinese for a fee reported to be around £8million, before instantly re-joining fellow Pozzo owned club Granada for the remainder of the campaign.

Watford’s plan is believed to have been for Penaranda to finish the season in Spain – helping to guide the La Liga strugglers to safety – before then heading to England to join the Vicarage Road side for the 2016/17 season.

But, we understand, those ideas to bring the Venezuela international to Hertfordshire this summer have hit a stumbling block due to difficulties in securing a work permit as a result of tightened laws on non-EEA (European Economic Area) players.

The 18-year-old now appears set for another season away from Vicarage Road – to where a move could be delayed until the end of the 2016/17 season – in keeping with Granada’s belief having stated he will leave in summer 2017 when the move was initially confirmed on 1st February.

No potential move for Penaranda would come as a blow to those in power at Watford, who are believed to have been extremely excited over the arrival of one of the most exciting upcoming talents in football, having beaten a number of high-profile European clubs to his signature.

Newly appointed Head Coach, Walter Mazzarri – who is reportedly moving to bolster his defensive ranks with Inter Milan centre-back Juan Jesus – may now have to reconsider his plans with his attacking department as a result.

Meanwhile, it remains to be seen whether there is any knock-on effect on the reported plans that the Pozzo family are set to sell the Spanish club, where Penaranda could ply his trade for another year.

The former Deportivo La Guaira youth teamer scored five goals and claimed three assists in 21 starts last season – impressive figures for a teenager in a struggling side – to help Jose Gonzalez’s team survive relegation with a 16th place finish.

Displaying such talent and potential will have sparked excitement among all at Watford, but the wait for him to showcase it on the Vicarage Road turf may go on a while yet.


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