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Stefano Okaka Joins Ighalo, Success At Watford

Watford have announced the signing of Italy intrenational, Stefano Okaka, from Belgian giant Anderlecht for an undisclosed fee on a five-year contract.

The Hornets confirmed the deal on their official website on Monday night.

“Watford FC are delighted to announce the signing of Italian international striker Stefano Okaka from Anderlecht on a five-year deal,” a statement on Watford website reads.

“The 27-year-old joins the Hornets off the back of a 17-goal haul last season that helped Anderlecht to third in the Belgian Pro League and the last 16 of the Europa League.

“Starting out with AS Roma in Serie A, Okaka took in various loan spells during his seven years at the Stadio Olimpico including in the Premier League with Fulham in 2010/2011.

“It was his form at Sampdoria during 2014/15 that earned him a call-up from Antonio Conte to the Italian national side, Okaka netting on his debut for the Azzuri against Albania.”

Okaka was born in Castiglione del Lago, Umbria, Italy to Nigerian parents.

In April 2014, Okaka revealed he was in talks with the Nigeria Football Federation about the possibility of him switching allegiance to Nigeria feature at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Okaka will compete with Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo for the centre forward position at Watford, who have struggled this new season.

Nigerian forward Isaac Success also joined Watford this summer from Granada.

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