Watford have finally completed the signing of winger Nordin Amrabat from Malaga and the deal is worth £6.1m.
The 28-year-old attacker signed the necessary papers at Vicarage Road on Tuesday after the Hornets triggered a £6m release clause in his current contract with the La Liga side.
Amrabat, who previously played for PSV and Galatasaray, arrived at UK to talk personal terms and then gone through a medical after the release clause was activated.
The Morocco international will team up with Quique Sanchez Flores’ boys just after tonight’s Swansea City match and will be ready for this Saturday’s trip at Newcastle United.
He has played 23 matches and scored four times for Morocco since making his debut in November 2011 and made 14 appearances in all competitions for Malaga this term, despite struggling with a knee injury.
Watford manager Flores said of Amrabat last week: “He has the qualities of the players we like.
“He can play at Number 10; he holds the ball, he can turn quickly with the strength of a striker and escape the defensive line.
“He can also play as a winger because he has that pace and velocity – the power that adds to the options of a team.”
Watford are also interested to sign Liverpool’s teenage striker Jerome Sinclair. The 19-year-old striker’s Liverpool contract is set to end at the end of this season and he is yet to agree a new contract, which has alerted a lot of English clubs.
Watford have now emerged as the favourites to land Sinclair and are desperate to agree a deal during the January transfer window rather than waiting for the summer window.
Apart from Sinclair, Watford are interested to secure the service of Tottenham’s currently out-of-favour winger Andros Townsend, but Spurs manager Pochettino doesn’t want to drop their £14million valuation or let him go out on loan. The Hornets are keeping an eye on free agent Emmanuel Adebayor also.