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Fernando Foresteri becomes first Udinese and Granada loanee to sign for Watford permanently
Fernando Forestieri says he will “give his heart for the club” after signing for Watford permanently on a five-and-a-half year contract.
Forestieri has excelled since his arrival in England and becomes the first of the Udinese and Granada loanees to sign permanently, with more expected to follow in the coming months.
The 22-year-old fans’ favourite has scored three goals in 15 appearances for Watford so far this season.
He told the club’s website: “I’m unbelievably happy to be signing for Watford. I have enjoyed the town and the club so far, as well as the support of the fans.
“Life feels good at Watford and it feels like home. I love working with people here and I feel protected.
“I would like to thank Lucas [my agent], as well as Gian Luca Nani, Scott Duxbury and the staff from Watford for their help and support.
“I will give my heart for the club.”
Forestieri was at Argentine club Newell’s Old Boys in his early teens and signed for Udinese from Genoa in 2009.
The forward has featured for most of Italy’s age groups up until Under-21 level and had spent the majority of the previous three years out on loan.
Last season he was at Serie B side Bari and scored twice in 30 appearances, the year before he scored three times in 20 outings for Empoli in the same division, and in the 2009/10 campaign he netted once in 20 outings for La Liga side Malaga. He did not play a competitive game for Udinese’s first team.