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Flores eyes Guedioura and admits Vydra could leave

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Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores is eyeing to sign Crystal Palace midfielder Adlene Guedioura, who was loaned out to Vicarage Road last season, but is yet to make a decision on forward Matej Vydra’s future with the Hornets.

Watford have also been linked with several high-profile players, including Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli and former Lyon midfielder Yoann Gourcuff, who is currently a free agent.

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“We have three players, (Ben) Watson, (Etienne) Capoue and (Valon) Behrami, in this position so we are a bit weak,” Flores said.

“The season is very long and we need to replace injuries and suspensions. Maybe we have news in a few days in that position.

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“The (end of the) market is close, there will be a lot of players going in the last moment and some going to come in the last moment.

“I like (Adlene Guedioura). I checked him in matches at the end of last season.

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“He was one of the main players in the squad, but I don’t exactly know what is his situation now because this changes every day.

“He is a good player but I don’t know about the possibility of bringing him back.

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He added: “Inside the club we didn’t talk about Balotelli. It is more of a possibility in the media than in the club. We didn’t talk about him.

“I don’t know if (club owner) Mr (Gino) Pozzo was offered (Gourcuff). But I do like players of this kind of quality.”

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Nottingham Forest have enquired about signing Czech Republic international Vydra on loan, but Flores is yet to decide whether he is prepared to allow the 23-year-old to leave.

“We didn’t make an official decision in the case of Vydra,” he said.

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“We wait a little bit more to decide, maybe three or four days. It depends on a lot of things, a lot of things can change.

“Always the players want to play. Sometimes players who are not playing, their passion is not so big.

“The league is very long and you need to have the patience to wait for the opportunity. Some players can wait for a long time, some want to leave.

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“Players are sometimes looking for other options and we respect the ideas of the players.

“We know the brain sometimes has the idea to change and look for other clubs. I respect that. The final decision is on the club.

“If players move, from Watford, more players will come in to use this position. We have to wait as it is only speculation now.

“(Vydra) has different qualities and I watch him in training every day, but we take a decision on him soon.”

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