Watford have confirmed that eight players have signed permanent contracts at Vicarage Road - and more are set to follow

After several weeks of waiting, the club have received confirmation from the football authorities that Almen Abdi, Cristian Battocchio, Gabriele Angella and Diego Fabbrini are now registered Watford players

Furthermore, the Hornets have also announced that Marco Cassetti, Daniel Pudil, Javier Acuna and Marco Davide Faraoni will also be moving to Vicarage Road on a permanent basis as they do not anticipate any problems with their contracts being ratified.

These eight are expected to be joined by Ikechi Anya and Joel Ekstrand and, as we revealed this morning, Iriney Santos is also set to move to Vicarage Road on a permanent deal.

Of the four deals that have been confirmed by the Football Association and the Football League, both Watford Observer Player of the Season Abdi and fellow midfielder Battocchio have signed deals until 2016, having been on loan from Udinese last season.

Fellow Udinese players, defender Angella and the versatile attack-minded Fabbrini, make the switch to the Hornets on contracts lasting until 2018 and 2017 respectively.

Although their deals have still to be officially confirmed, the popular Cassetti has signed on for another year, while Pudil, who was the first of the former loanees to announce he was staying on a permanent basis on Twitter a fortnight ago, has put pen to paper on a three-year contract.

Like fellow former Italian Under-21 international defender Angella,  Faraoni has inked a five-year deal at Vicarage Road and former Real Madrid B striker Acuna is signed up until 2016.

Acuna has been on loan at Girona for the past two seasons and Udinese originally announced on their website that he had joined them on a permanent basis and would be moving to Watford on loan.

However, as we have reported, the Hornets have been working to make him their player, to free up their number of permitted loans for domestic players.