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Sanchez Flores had tough stance over Juan Manuel Iturbe

Quique Sanchez Flores has confirmed Watford opted not to take their interest in Juan Manuel Iturbe further after the player expected to walk straight into this Watford team.

As we exclusively reported, the head coach and chief executive Scott Duxbury met the Argentine on Monday and, with his £40,000 a week salary within their reach, wanted to check his character and expectations before formalising a loan deal with Roma. Iturbe, we believe, wanted to know in which position he would be starting in a team in seventh spot and having won four Premier League games on the bounce.

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The equilibrium of the squad is of utmost importance to both Sanchez Flores and Duxbury and, with plenty of options available, they did not want to run the risk of signing a player, albeit on loan, who does not accept a hard-earned place in this match-day squad is achieved on merit. The whole is very much greater than the sum of its individual parts.

“We decide this is not the right player,” said Sanchez Flores. “He is coming [here] because he is not playing in Italy and I cannot be certain with him that he will play [here]. So it is good for us and the player to look for another situation.”

That ‘situation’ appears to be Bournemouth who, a reliable source tells us, are willing to pay the 22-year-old £80,000 per week.

“If we can bring players who can see the future of Watford and if they are not in a hurry to play because the team is good now,” said Sanchez Flores. “We need cover for different positions. We need a good level, a top level and players who come will be of the top level, for sure.”