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Essaid Belkalem

Number 27

D.O.B.

01.01.89

Birthplace

Mekla, Algeria

Height

6'4

Weight

13.85

Position

Centre-back

Signed

August 2013 on loan

Fee

Loan

Former Clubs

JS Kabylie

International

Algeria - Senior

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Imposing centre-back Essaid Belkalem signed for Watford on a season-long loan from Granada on August 13 2013.

A full Algerian international, Belkalem joined Granada from Algerian side JS Kabylie, before completing his loan switch to WD18.

Watford have the option of signing Belkalem on a permanent deal at the end of the season.

The signing had been anticipated for a while before completion, with head coach Gianfranco Zola revealing Watford had beaten off competition from 'important clubs' to sign the 24 year-old, believed to include the likes of Marseilles and Borussia Dortmund.

Arriving slightly behind his teammates in terms of fitness, the powerful defender made his Hornets' bow in the 2-0 victory over Bournemouth in the League Cup second round.

Belkalem had been a regular at Kabylie, winning the Coupe Nationale as well as appearing in the African Champions League.

Contracted until June 30 2014

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