Watford has signed Nigerian goalkeeper Maduka Okoye from Eredivisie club Sparta Rotterdam on a five-and-a-half-year agreement.
Okoye is set to complete the move in January, but he will be loaned back to Rotterdam for the remainder of the 2021-22 season.
Since joining the club on a free transfer from German club Fortuna Dusseldorf in July 2020, the 22-year-old has established himself in Hendrikus Fraser’s team.
After an amazing rookie season, he was named Player of the Season for 2020-21 Sparta Rotterdam, and he has already played every minute of their league games this season.
Despite keeping his first clean sheet in the Eredivisie this season on Saturday (a 3-0 win against Willem II), Okoye’s Sparta Rotterdam are in poor form, sitting in 16th place with 10 points after 12 games.
Watford already has a number of African players, including William Troost-Ekong, Emmanuel Dennis, and Oghenekaro Etebo from Nigeria, as well as Ismaila Sarr from Senegal, Adam Masina from Morocco, and Nicolas N’Koulou from Cameroon.