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Watford sign Venezuelan star likened to Lionel Messi

Watford believe they have pulled off a major coup by signing Adalberto Peñaranda before the window slams shut tonight, with one top-level source believing the deal for the Venezuelan teenager could represent “the biggest in the club’s history”.

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The club’s executive team this evening put the finishing the touches on a major deal to bring the 18-year-old forward to Vicarage Road on a four-and-a-half year contract. He will be loaned straight back to Granada, the club also owned by the Pozzo family, and then the club believe he is that good he could be integrated into Quique Sanchez Flores’ side next season. One source told us this evening he’s “the best prospect since Messi” to emerge from South America.

Peñaranda signed on loan at Granada from Udinese in November and many at Watford believe he is considered the biggest prospect the Pozzo scouting network have unearthed since they discovered Alexis Sanchez in their favoured South America market. He scored twice in Granada’s 2–1 away win against Levante in December.