Essaid Belkalem is set to link up with his new Watford team-mates for the first time tomorrow.

Udinese’s sporting director Cristiano Giaretta confirmed at the end of July that Belkalem was going to join the Hornets.

Watford head coach Gianfranco Zola this afternoon told the Watford Observer that the Algeria international was expected to land in the UK today and should attend his first training session tomorrow.

Last week Zola stated the Hornets beat a few “very important” European clubs to the 24-year-old’s signature.