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Watford statement after reports of EFL investigation into Kamara transfer

Watford have made statement after reports emerged that EFL are investigating Hassane Kamara's transfer to Udinese.

As reported by the i newspaper, EFL financial inspectors, who work in the Club Reporting Financial Unit, will review the transfer, as it is between two clubs under the same ownership, to ensure that the fee has not been inflated as a way to pump more money into the club.

The defender was signed by Watford from Nice for £3.6m in January 2022 and was sold to Udinese for £16.9m eight months later in the summer transfer window. He was then immediately loaned back to Watford.

The transfer has caused concern among Championship clubs particularly due to the fact the Pozzo family own both Watford and Serie A side Udinese.

A statement read: "Watford FC notes the recent coverage of the transfer of Hassane Kamara to Udinese.

“'The story says nothing other than repeating the rules relating to transfers involving related parties,' said Hornets’ Technical Director Ben Manga.

“'Of course we expect the EFL to examine all transactions. This is normal.'

"He added: 'Kamara was independently valued in Italy as it’s a related party transaction, so it’s already been assessed.'”

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