Watford have signed 17-year-old centre back Leandro Paiva, according to reports in Portugal.

The report, which was written by Portuguese publication O Jogo, was accompanied by a picture of a player wearing this season's Watford training kit.

It claims the 17-year-old central defender has joined from Neuchatel Xamax in Switzerland and has signed a professional five-year contract with the Hornets.

It also suggests Paiva will be used in the first team, rather than the developmental squad.

The Hornets are thought to have beaten both Torino and Fiorentina to his signature.