Watford finally got their man this evening after Younes Kaboul put pen to paper on a three-year deal.
The Hornets had a triple bid for Kaboul, Benjamin Stambouli and Etienne Capoue accepted last summer but only managed to sign Capoue, as Kaboul’s wages proved out of their reach and Stambouli was lured to his homeland to play for Paris Saint-Germain.
However, a change in Kaboul’s personal circumstances has necessitated a move back down south and the chance to link up with former Spurs’ teammates Capoue and Heurelho Gomes at Vicarage Road.
“I’m very happy and delighted to be a part of Watford Football Club, and I’m looking forward to the season,” he told watfordfc.com. “Just from outside, I can see it’s a family club, there are some good players here and I’m very confident. The club had a very good season last year, and we need to carry that on to be even better.”
Kaboul is expected to be joined at Vicarage Road by Roberto Pereyra, who also completed his medical today, but neither player will be involved against Chelsea tomorrow.
Kaboul’s debut could come against Gillingham on Tuesday night in the EFL Cup but he shouldn’t be short of match fitness as he played the full 90 at Manchester City on Saturday.
Kaboul will either land the vacant No 4 or No 6 shirt after Sunderland accepted his request to move down south.
“This is not an easy situation for me, but the club and the manager have shown an understanding of my personal circumstances and I am grateful for that,” the defender told the club’s website. “The Sunderland fans have supported me fantastically well since I came to the club, they gave me my passion back and I sincerely thank them for that. I hope they understand that I have made this incredibly difficult decision for me.”