Watford have moved to alter the age profile of their squad and increase their genuine options out wide by signing Jerome Sinclair from Liverpool.
We exclusively revealed in March that the deal for Sinclair had been agreed in principle but the 19-year-old was at the club’s training ground recently to put pen to paper on the deal.
“Proud to announce a new beginning for this young man,” read a post on Colossal Sports Management’s Instagram page. “His aim is to try and achieve greatness and bring joy to the Watford fans and take the club as high as possible.”
Sinclair’s representative is Aidy Ward, the man at the centre of Raheem Sterling’s controversial move to Manchester City last summer. Ward also used to look after Saido Berahino.
Sinclair rejected the offer of a new contract at Liverpool and was free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with Watford without having to get Liverpool’s permission. Liverpool are due compensation because the player is under 24 years of age. That will set by the Professional Football Compensation Committee. Last month Liverpool were ordered to pay Burnley £6.5million plus a further £1.5million in add-ons for striker Danny Ings, a record for a figure set by an English tribunal.
We understand Watford fought off competition from the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace and Bournemouth to sign Sinclair. He is the third young attacker Watford have signed this year, following on from January’s official announcement that Adalberto Penaranda will be heading to Vicarage Road this summer and our exclusive story that Isaac Success, the 20-year-old Nigerian, will be following the Venezuelan from Granada to Hertfordshire.
We have also learned that deals for Albert Rusnák, the Slovak attack formerly of Manchester City who nows plays for FC Groningen, and Mali’s Under-17 World Cup sensation Ally Malle are also in place as Watford go about overhauling their approach in recruiting young players.