Almen Abdi

Watford could net more than £6m for Almen Abdi

Watford will receive an additional £2m from Sheffield Wednesday if Almen Abdi helps them achieve promotion.

Abdi has penned a three-year deal at Hillsborough, as we exclusively reported on Monday, after Watford reluctantly accepted a bid of £4m for the midfield schemer who turns 30 in October.

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Hornets executives negotiated a clause that will net them £2m if the Owls, who fell at the final hurdle last season, achieve promotion this season. Wednesday have already signalled their intent this summer by signing Steven Fletcher following his release by Sunderland.

Watford will also receive a further payment should Abdi play a certain number of appearances. Abdi only signed a new improved three-year contract last summer and he started all the away games at the big clubs under Quique Sanchez Flores, who recognised the value of his ball-retention ability. However, it was at home, against Liverpool, where Abdi produced one of the performances of the season in front of the watching Jurgen Klopp, who used to manage Borussia Dortmund, Abdi’s boyhood club.

Picture by Paul Dawson
Picture by Paul Dawson

Yet Abdi fell down the pecking order as the season wore on and was shunted out wide and even to full-back. He made 38 appearances, 32 of which came in the league, but no player was substituted more than him.

His exit comes soon after the departure of his big mate Joel Ekstrand and continues the dismantling of the squad who won promotion to the Premier League. However, the guaranteed £4m Watford will receive for Abdi means they have netted more than £13m in the last 12 months from players they have loaned or sold, four of which have been signed by Wednesday.