Watford's Juan Carlos Paredes joins Olympiakos on loan

WATFORD, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 21: Juan Carlos Paredes of Watford and Memphis Depay of Manchester United compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier Leag
Image: Juan Carlos Paredes is set to leave Watford before the close of the January transfer window

Watford defender Juan Carlos Paredes has joined Olympiakos on loan.

The 29-year-old joins the Greek Superleague champions on loan for the rest of the season, with an option to make the move permanent in the summer.

Paredes joined Watford in 2014 and helped the club earn promotion to the Premier League during his debut season in England.

The Ecuador international played 20 times for the Hornets last season as they finished in 13th place and reached the FA Cup semi-finals under the management of Quique Sanchez Flores.

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However, Paredes has featured just once since the appointment of Walter Mazzarri as Watford boss in the summer - a 2-1 EFL Cup defeat to Sky Bet League One Gillingham.

Prior to joining Watford, Paredes had spent the entirety of his career in Ecuador, representing Barcelona SC, Deportivo Cuenca and Rocafuerte.

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