[RUMOUR] Danny Daga

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  1. ForzaWatford

    ForzaWatford Squad Player

    #WatfordFC working on ambitious move for Nigeria U20 star Daniel Daga from under noses of Europe’s top clubs. The 16yr-old def-midfielder seen at Vicarage Road at the weekend to watch QPR win. Tracked by CL clubs during U20 World Cup playing above age grp. More

    From Mike McGrath
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  2. simpleMASH

    simpleMASH Reservist

    Not a bad game for him to watch! Must’ve made it a bit more tempting to climb aboard HMS PTL.
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  3. lowerrous

    lowerrous First Team

    From Nigeria so "playing above age grp" always has to be considered as not actually being the case.

    He'd have to go to Udinese first for a season and a half anyway before he could join us based on his supposed age.
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  4. reids

    reids First Team

    I might be wrong here but I thought players can't move continents to play football before they're 18 (unless their parents move for "reasons unconnected with football")?
  5. LeedsOrn

    LeedsOrn Reservist

  6. The undeniable truth

    The undeniable truth First Team Captain

    Could Nigerians move to Europe as a result of reconnecting with a long lost relative writing to them and telling them they were entitled to €250k from the estate of a distant uncle or prince ? Nothing to do with football at all.
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  7. lowerrous

    lowerrous First Team

    Ah yes, you're right. I was aware of that being the case for Brazilian players, but didn't realise FIFA had made it a policy for everywhere a few years ago.

    I suppose due to Brexit and following Watford it's not an issue which crops up very often.
  8. Hogg-DEENEY!!!

    Hogg-DEENEY!!! Squad Player

    I think if you're an EU citizen you can move countries at 16 (obviously some S. Americans might have EU passports, but Nigerians are unlikely to)
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  9. LeedsOrn

    LeedsOrn Reservist

    Suggestions that this would be pursuant to the new ESC rules but I’m not sure how that would circumvent the fifa rules @reids @lowerrous

    From Mike McGrath’s article:

    Watford are working on an ambitious move for Nigeria Under-20 international Daniel Daga from under the noses of Europe’s biggest clubs.

    The 16-year-old defensive midfielder was at Vicarage Road at the weekend to watch the Championship opener against QPR, according to sources. He has been tracked by Champions League clubs since playing above his age group and starring at this summer’s Under-20 World Cup, where he impressed in Nigeria’s victory over Argentina in the knockout stages.

    AC Milan scouted him in the tournament and were discussing a move for the player who has been playing for One Rocket FC and Dakkada FC in his homeland, although Paolo Maldini’s departure as sporting director opened the door for rivals.

    Watford have been among the English clubs who are looking to take advantage of the new “elite significant contribution” (ESC) rules from the Football Association that allow clubs two wildcard squad places for ESC players who do not meet current work-permit requirements.

    Daga would certainly be considered a player with potential to make it to the top. He has been invited to train with Nigeria’s senior squad and was only prevented from doing so through injury. He is expected to be invited to play with the seniors this season. From the start he has made to his career, he has drawn comparisons with John Obi Mikel, the Nigerian who enjoyed a glittering career with Chelsea.

    While Watford missed out on Championship promotion last season, they could provide a clearer pathway to the first team compared to some of the Champions League clubs who have been chasing Daga.

    Daga would be one for the future for the club, and they are also in the market for first-team players for Valerien Ismael’s squad this season. They are leading the chase for Sory Kaba, who helped keep Cardiff in the Championship last season. He could leave Midtjylland in Denmark for £2 million.
  10. reids

    reids First Team

    I'm not convinced it would circumvent the FIFA rules? I think when he turns 18 he could just join without a permit if we were to use an ESC slot, but I can't imagine they supersede the anti child trafficking rules! That being said, these new rules really open Africa up to clever clubs - it's an absolute goldmine talent wise and a few clubs currently have a monopoly (Red Bull + FC Nordsjaelland) on most of the talent coming out of there. Would cost very little to setup an academy in Africa with huge potential benefits.
  11. lowerrous

    lowerrous First Team

    As per the post above from @reids , yeah I'd be surprised if that was able to circumvent the FIFA restrictions.

    With the ESC rules, we are currently able to sign two players who do not meet work permit requirements, but we'll have to play an average of 2.2 out of 11 English qualifying players across this season in order to actually have even one spot we could use for next season on someone like Daga. That could be one of the reasons why we have started TDB over Kone, and also let Ferreira go but kept Ngakia and Andrews.

    As an aside, I wonder if he likes the idea of joining us because at the club he played for last season he wore a very similar kit:

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  12. Pob

    Pob Reservist

    This is the sort of link that gets my hornet heart racing. None of this plodding championship experience for me, I want someone with a dangerous name and the hope he could turn out good.
  13. Keighley

    Keighley First Team

    Prefer Lady Gaga.
  14. sexyfootball

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  15. The undeniable truth

    The undeniable truth First Team Captain

    Will. Never. Play. etc
  16. domthehornet

    domthehornet Moderator Staff Member

    Can sing his name to Chelsea Dagger.

    Sign. Him. Up.
  17. SkylaRose

    SkylaRose Administrator Staff Member

    Maybe it's a misprint and we are getting Danny Dyer?
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  18. Arakel

    Arakel First Team

    Daga doo doo doo
    Push pineapple, shake Danny
  19. lowerrous

    lowerrous First Team

    Plus the added excitement of us getting a two day transfer ban in a few years because one of his old clubs pops up asking for a few quid.
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  20. davisp2

    davisp2 Reservist

    We’ll never win anything with kids
  21. IRB

    IRB THe artist formally know as ImRonBurgundy?

    Hope we remember to pay the money owed to his nursery
  22. ITK platypus

    ITK platypus Squad Player

    Nigeria produces so many exciting young players who always seem to retire at 29 due to exhaution!

    Excited about this one.
  23. folkestone orn

    folkestone orn Squad Player

    That would be a pwoper nawty signing
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  24. tonycotonstache

    tonycotonstache Squad Player

    When we sign him then he goes to Udinese it'll be a real Daga in the heart.
  25. The undeniable truth

    The undeniable truth First Team Captain

    I believe 98.7% of the Nigerian population is below 23 and played for the Nigerian international football youth set up.
  26. Oscar calling

    Oscar calling Squad Player

    That would turn out to be a bad romance as she would end up being a judas!
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  27. miked2006

    miked2006 Premiership Prediction League Proprietor

    Sharp and dangerous in the box? Sold
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  28. domthehornet

    domthehornet Moderator Staff Member

    Saw this kit yesterday in the flesh in the square at Marrakech, looks a good kit in the flesh.
  29. lowerrous

    lowerrous First Team

    That's a tad surprising - they seem a way off the most popular team even in Nigeria.

    Also, is the kit made of flesh? Are you perhaps hankering after a kebab?
  30. BigRossLittleRoss

    BigRossLittleRoss First Team

    In between the random King Cobras plying their wares ?
  31. domthehornet

    domthehornet Moderator Staff Member

    That was mad, there was a man with a monkey chained up too trying to pester you for photos.
  32. lowerrous

    lowerrous First Team

    This photo seems to have been taken a few weeks ago. Seems likely a deal is already in place and that he'll join once he turns 18 in the next January transfer window:


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  33. Heidar

    Heidar Squad Player

    I'm sure he will be a Success
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  34. Oscar calling

    Oscar calling Squad Player

    The last Nigerian Danny we had was a success!
  35. Stuey

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