Date: 21st August 2008 at 9:02pm
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Watford have pulled out of the £150k deal to sign Dunfermline centre back Sol Bamba right at the last minute, despite waiting for the player to return from the Olympics to confirm the move is dead.

Hornets boss Aidy Bootroyd confirmed to the Watford Observer that the Ivory Coast would not be joining up at Vicarage Road, insisting “We won`t be taking him”.

A lot of Watford fans saw the former Paris St Germain hot prospect as a ready made replacement for Bolton-bound Danny Shittu after he impressed in a pre-season friendly but have the Hornets been put off by what they saw of the defender in Bejing?

It appears mostly likely given that, despite Watford`s financial plight and pressures to reduce the wage bill, the “transfer was agreed and they [Watford] decided to pull the plug on it which is very disappointing”? according to Pars boss Jim McIntyre anyway!

It leaves Boothroyd`s squad thread bare at the back and many fans have question marks over the ability of Cedric Avinel, who for whatever reason continues to be touted as ‘one for the future` at Vicarage Road.