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Watford news round-up: West Ham backed to secure deal, Munoz’ call to arms, Woodgate’s red card claim



Watford’s defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday was a fiery affair but the Hornets need to move on quickly because they welcome Wycombe to Vicarage Road on Wednesday. 

The Hornets are third, three points back from the top two, after their defeat on the weekend but will be hoping to force their way back up the table as we head toward the business end of the Championship season.

As we enter March, here’s all the latest Watford news…

West Ham backed to sign Craig Dawson permanently

Danny Mills has revealed he fully expects West Ham United to sign Dawson permanently in the summer.

The defender has spent 2020/21 on loan with the Hammers and it has recently emerged that Watford are open to selling him for around £3 million.

Speaking to Football Insider, Mills has backed West Ham to sign Dawson for what he feels would be a “bargain”.

Xisco Munoz urges replacements to impress 

The Watford boss will be without both Joao Pedro and Nathaniel Chalobah for the game against Wycombe in midweek as the pair are suspended.

Speaking to the Harrow Times, Munoz has urged whoever replaces them to impress.

He said: “I think everyone in the squad is ready to play and now is the moment for who gets the chance to keep it and say ‘I’m here, I want to continue to play’. Now is the moment for them to show everyone one step more and give their maximum for the team.”

Quiz: Can you remember how many league goals each of Watford’s last 15 top goalscorers scored?

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Jonathan Woodgate suggests Nathaniel Chalobah should’ve seen red

Both Joao Pedro and Jack Wilshere saw red in Saturday’s clash with the Cherries but it seems Woodgate feels that Chalobah should have suffered the same fate earlier in the game.

The midfielder was involved in an altercation with Bournemouth’s Jefferson Lerma and was booked after raising his hand to his opponent’s face.

Woodgate told the Bournemouth Echo after the game that he feels Chalobah should have been shown a different coloured card.

He said: “I thought Nathaniel should have been sent off for the slap, really.

“If you raise your hands at someone you’ve got to get a red card no matter the force of the slap.

“I thought the referee got that one wrong but listen, it is what it is, they ended up getting a red card anyway.”

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