Quique Sanchez Flores confirms Mario Suarez deal is all but done

Quique Sanchez has said the protracted deal to sign Mario Suarez is virtually done.

Suarez, 28, has been in Hertfordshire since Wednesday night, he underwent his medical on Thursday, had more routine tests on Friday and agreed terms. The club are just waiting for clearance from the Italian FA to officially announce they have signed the Spanish international for an initial £4.1m on a four-and-a-half year deal. Talks earlier this month broke down over the demands for a five-year deal.

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“I think it’s practically done, maybe a little bit more ties (loose ends) but he is really, really close,” said Sanchez Flores. “I consider this player is a player of Watford. This is something very good for Watford that top players like Amrabat, Pantilimon and Suarez want to come here. I love this that top players want to come to Watford.”

Adlene Guedioura was in the dark over whether Suarez was yet a Watford player but he welcomes the competition, despite the fact it knocks him even further down the pecking order.”To be honest, I don’t know,” said the Algerian who started for only the second time this season. “At the moment I didn’t see anything yesterday [about Suarez officially having signed for Watford], so we’ll see what’s happened. It’s competition. Competition is good for the club, so when you bring good players, everyone raises their level and it’s good to have this in the club.”