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Watford set to sign Nigerian winger Samuel Kalu after agreeing £3.5m deal with Bordeaux

Published on: 19 January 2022

Watford are closing in on a £3.5million deal for Bordeaux winger Samuel Kalu. The Nigerian, 24, is expected to undergo a medical on Wednesday prior to agreeing a four and a half year contract.

Watford had initially played down links with the former Gent flyer when he missed training amid talk of a pending bid last week. However, negotiations have kicked on and a deal is close to conclusion.

The Nigeria international, who has 13 caps and two goals for his country, will be Watford's fourth signing of the January transfer window after defenders Samir, Hassane Kamara and midfielder Edo Kayembe.

All three started in manager Claudio Ranieri's side for their crucial clash with Newcastle United last Saturday where they escaped with a 1-1 draw.

Kalu caused concern when he collapsed in the opening minutes of Bordeaux's game with Marseille in August only to later explain he was fine and put the episode down to 'a dizzy spell'.

Meanwhile, Watford are working on obtaining a work permit for Colombian signing Yaser Asprilla after he officially joined the club from Envigado.

The teenager became the second youngest player to appear for his national side, aged 18 years and 58 days against Honduras on Sunday.

Asprilla could yet go out on loan but is touted as a bright talent. His move was initially agreed in August but could not be ratified until this month.


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