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Deals for Roberto Pereyra and Younes Kaboul near completion

Watford confirmed Roberto Pereyra and Younes Kaboul are in London for their medicals but Walter Mazzarri did not want to count any chickens or let their arrival disrupt preparations for tomorrow’s crunch game with Chelsea.

The Hornets agreed terms on a five-year contract with Pereyra after Juventus accepted their bid of £10.4m rising to a club record £13m. A fee has also been agreed with Sunderland over the transfer of Younes Kaboul, the 30-year-old defender who the club tried to sign last summer. The pair were thought to be in Harley Street this afternoon for the first part of their two-part medical, before heading to the club’s training ground to conclude formalities.

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“I don’t like to talk about transfers before the game,” said Mazzarri. “Now I want to concentrate on the game.  Then, from Monday, we will speak about them. I don’t want players to be distracted from other things.”

The squad arrived at the training ground from 1pm this afternoon to be ready for this afternoon’s final training session before the game at Vicarage Road against Chelsea. They would have to have been living in a bunker to not have heard about Watford’s protracted pursuit of Pereyra or the £4m move for Kaboul, who only moved to Sunderland last summer but asked to return south.

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“This is not an easy situation for me, but the club and the manager have shown an understanding of my personal circumstances and I am grateful for that,” the defender told the club’s website.  “The Sunderland fans have supported me fantastically well since I came to the club, they gave me my passion back and I sincerely thank them for that. I hope they understand that I have made this incredibly difficult decision for me.”