Transfer boost for rivals Sheffield United as they sell star man to sister club for £16m – and keep him

The Hornets, who have already sold Emmanuel Dennis to Nottingham Forest and look set to lose Joao Pedro to Newcastle United, saw Ismaila Sarr’s potential move to Aston Villa fall through earlier this week.

But Watford facing the steep drop in revenue after relegation, the blow was somewhat mitigated by the £16m sale of Hassane Kamara to Udinese – who is owned by Giampaolo Pozzo, the father of Watford owner Gino .

The move will help Watford’s cash flow situation after relegation, and will see them keep a player who impressed last season despite the Hornets returning to the Championship.

It may also allow them to keep hold of Sarr, who lined up against United on the opening day of the season alongside Dennis and Pedro but was widely expected before the transfer deadline next week.

Reports in Buckinghamshire suggest the nature of Watford’s relationship with Udinese allowed them to negotiate the loan and also receive the money for Kamara up front – rather than in installment payments, as is the case. is the norm in football transfers.

Sheffield United’s lliman Ndiaye is challenged by Watford’s Hassane Kamara: Jonathan Moscrop/Sportimage

The two clubs have now completed two deals this summer alone, and well over 50 since 2010.

Watford chairman and chief executive Scott Duxbury said: “This further protects the club at a time when balancing financial well-being and retaining a squad to compete at the top of the Championship are our top priorities.”

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