Date: 25th January 2010 at 2:01pm
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Watford have been handed an ever so timely £500k loan from oil magnate – and lifelong Hornets fan – David Fransen, MD of multi-billion dollar global energy trader Vitol SV?

Fransen, who joined the Hornets board as a non executive director in March 2009 under a fanfare of excitement, has entered into an unsecured loan agreement with Watford Association Football Club Ltd to assist with “potential player transfer activity during the January transfer window“.

The short term loan, which is now about to become big news on the stock exchange, needs to be repaid in full (and with a whole heap of interest) by 31 May 2010.

It`s not the first time that Watford have used the ‘loan` market to a do a bit of player trading. In 2003, Elton John ‘reportedly` paid for the services of Paul Devlin, whilst the Danny Webber deal with Manchester United was done using outside funding.

Here at VitalWatford, we can only hope that this loan means that Malky Mackay does have some transfer targets lined up for the January sales and that he is now going to be a busy man – plugging our leaky defence – over the next 6 and a bit days before the window slams shut.