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Watford sign Nigerian striker Ola Adeyemo

Watford have signed Nigerian striker Ola Adeyemo after a successful prolonged trial period at Vicarage Road.

The 21-year-old was invited to train with Harry Kewell’s under-21 team in January and he made an instant impression, scoring the opening goal in the under-21s’ 3-2 friendly win over Reading. It was a hugely encouraging sign for the former Dundee United pro and Leyton Orient trainee when he was taken to India with Kewell’s team for the Nagjee Cup tournament where Watford reached the semi-final.

He played in the Professional Development League games against Queens Park Rangers and Millwall after they got back and, despite not scoring, showed enough with his movement, ability to lead the line and with his favoured left-foot to show the club he warrants a contract and has scope for further development. He has signed a deal until the summer of 2017.

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The son of Nigerian parents, Adeyemo has been called up by the Nigeria Under-23 squad and is friends with Uche Ikpeazu.