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Watford in talks with US group over potential investment

Watford are in early discussions with a United States investment group regarding a minority stake purchase, potentially valuing the Championship club at £150-200 million. 

The deal could eventually lead to a full takeover, according to The Athletic. Although it is early days, sources close to the deal hint at big ambitions. 

The group reportedly envisions a possible full takeover down the line, making this a deal with long-term wings.

Watford owner Gino Pozzo is open to the partnership, with the club confirming their interest in ‘investment opportunities’. 

However, a cautious note rings out. Hornets Investment Limited, the club’s holding company, hasn’t granted exclusivity, and past flirtations with investors like Prolific Media Holdings and Orlegi Sports Group haven’t blossomed.

The identity of the group and the funding structure remain under wraps, but their attendance at Watford matches and involvement in a multi-club model suggest serious intent. 

Watford’s allure is undeniable. They can climb into the Premier League at the end of this season. They have a modern stadium and recent top-flight experience.

The club posted a £17.7m loss for the year up to June 2022, and their parachute payments – financial lifelines for relegated clubs – expire at the end of the season. 


Although they are aiming for debt-free status by 2024, an investment partner could boost their promotion push.

Watford fans will undoubtedly have their antennae twitching with cautious optimism. This transatlantic boost could send their club soaring back to the Premier League.

The Hornets are currently tenth in the Championship, only two points off the play-off places.

Manager Valerien Ismael has Watford dreaming of a return to the top flight, and they will hope to get three points closer when they take on Stoke City this evening.

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