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Watford have signed former Liverpool midfielder Albert Riera on a short-term contract until the end of the season, while long-serving Hornets defender Lloyd Doyley has signed a new 12-month contract.

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Albert Riera: Has agreed to join Watford until the end of the season

Albert Riera: Has agreed to join Watford until the end of the season

Former Reds manager Rafael Benitez signed Spaniard Riera from Espanyol for a fee of around £8million in August 2008.

However, he failed to find a regular place in Benitez's Reds starting line-up before being sold to Olympiakos in July 2010 for about half the fee the Anfield club paid.

He was sold by the Greek champions to Galatasaray for an undisclosed amount 12 months later and featured nine times for the Turkish club this season, including against Real Madrid, Juventus and Copenhagen in the Champions League group stages before being released by boss Roberto Mancini in January.

Udinese recently announced they would be signing the 31-year-old, who has 18 international caps for Spain, on July 1 after his release from Galatasaray.

Riera's move is still subject to international clearance but Doyley, 31, has signed his deal to stay on at Vicarage Road next season.

The Academy product has played 432 times since making his Watford debut in 2001, scoring two goals.

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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