Okoye joins Watford on five-year deal


Super Eagles goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye, has signed a five-and-a-half year deal with Premier League club, Watford, The PUNCH reports.

The deal according to the Hornets will begin on January 1, 2022.

The Nigeria international joins the Hornets for an undisclosed fee from Eredivisie outfit Sparta Rotterdam, to where he will return on loan until the end of the 2021/22 campaign.

He becomes the fourth Nigerian at the club after William Troost-Ekong, Oghenekaro Etebo and Emmanuel Dennis.

The 22-year-old who won Sparta’s Player of the Season award last term for a string of stellar performances, helping his side claim an eighth-place finish in the league said, “I’m overwhelmed to sign for Watford, to play in the Premier League is something I’ve been dreaming about since I was a little boy,” Okoye wrote on Instagram.

“I can’t wait to get started with the team upcoming season 2022/2023. I wish the club all the best for the rest of the season. See you soon.”

A regular starter for Sparta Rotterdam, Okoye has lined up between the sticks in each of their games so far this season, conceding 19 goals in 12 appearances while he has made 13 appearances for the Eagles since debuting in a 1-1 draw with Brazil in 2019.

The 22-year-old played in the youth ranks at Borussia Monchengladbach, Bayer Leverkusen and Fortuna Dusseldorf before moving to Sparta Rotterdam in the summer of 2020. (Punch)

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