Watford striker Adalberto Penaranda, who was due to join the Hornets for the first time this summer after agreeing a move from Granada in January, is to instead join Udinese, The Football Pyramid understands.

We revealed back in May that Penaranda’s planned link-up with Watford was in doubt due to difficulties in securing a work permit as a result of tightened laws on non-EEA (European Economic Area) players.

We understand that the situation has proven harder to overcome than envisaged by those in power at Watford, who have been extremely excited by the potential arrival of the Venezuela international, derailing the initial plans for Peneranda to join the club this summer.

As a result, we understand Penaranda will now head to the fellow Pozzo family owned club for the season, where he will ply his trade in Serie A for Giuseppe Iachini’s side.

Penaranda will link-up with former Watford centre-back Gabriele Angella, who left the Premier League side recently to return to Stadio Friuli on a permanent deal.


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