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Watford have beaten European giants to sign Isaac Success

Isaac Success’ agent has confirmed the striker will move to Watford this summer, despite apparent interest in the Nigerian striker from some of Europe’s top clubs.

The 20-year-old has established himself as one of the brightest young talents in Europe following a series of live-wire performances for the La Liga strugglers this season. He has scored six goals this season and assisted five more. It is form that hasn’t gone unnoticed by several of Europe’s biggest clubs, but Watford have won the race for his signature.

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“Granada are not releasing him [Success] to Valencia or any other club except Watford,” Dominic Egbukwu, Success’ agent, toldallnigeriasoccer.com. “Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan and PSG have approached us. Plenty teams want him [but he’ll only go to Watford]”. 

We revealed in February Watford had struck a deal to sign Success on a long-term deal but that there would be no official announcement until the end of the season out of respect for Granada’s relegation battle in La Liga. His likely selection in Nigeria’s squad for the Olympic Games in Rio may delay his arrival in Hertfordshire until the end of pre-season.

The capture of Success, together with Adalberto Penaranda, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Jerome Sinclair, signals a return to the Pozzos’ more traditional method of signing young players with potential. They departed from that model this season, largely signing players with little or no-sale value as they knew they needed experience to keep them in the Premier League.

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Success, who is built like a brick outhouse and has pace to burn, is deemed by the club’s transfer committee to be tailormade for life in the Premier League and he will be competing for a starting spot next season. Crucially, he will be classed as an under-21 player so will not take up a place in the 25-man Premier League squad.

“The only transfer fee Watford will have to pay is ten percent sell-on clause to BJ Foundation (Success’ first club),” Egbukwu said. “Watford and Granada are still negotiating, the wages are still being discussed.”

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