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Watford sign 23-year-old Nigeria international Emmanuel Dennis

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  • Dennis spent the 2020/21 season out on loan at FC Cologne where he played nine matches in the German Bundesliga without scoring a single goal.

Nigeria international Emmanuel Dennis has completed his transfer to newly-promoted English Premier League side Watford FC.

The speedy striker has joined the Hornets from Belgian champions Club Brugge for an undisclosed fee.

Dennis spent the 2020/21 season out on loan at FC Cologne where he played nine matches in the German Bundesliga without scoring a single goal.

However, the 23-year-old player has secured a move to Watford according to the following statement on the club’s official website:

“An agreement with Club Brugge has been reached for the transfer of exciting young forward Emmanuel Dennis, Watford FC is delighted to confirm,” a statement read.

“The 23-year-old Nigerian spent part of last season on loan in Germany’s Bundesliga with 1. FC Koln, having first joined the Belgian top-flight side in the summer of 2017.”

“A scorer of 27 goals in just over 90 club appearances for Brugge, he has featured in both the Uefa Champions League and Uefa Europa League.”

“The Hornets are currently finalising personal terms with the pacy striker – capped twice by Nigeria so far – who began his professional career with some experience as a teenager in the Ukrainian Premier League with Zorya Luhansk.”

Dennis is the eighth African player on the books of Watford joining William Troost-Ekong (Nigeria), Tom Dele-Bashiru (Nigeria), Adam Masina (Morocco), Isaac Success (Nigeria), Ismaïla Sarr (Senegal), Imran Louza (Morocco) and Kwadwo Baah (Ghana).

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