Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes says that the approved work permit for forward Joao Pedro is “great news”.

The Hornets signed the Brazilian teenager from Fluminense a year ago but the deal stipulated that he would not move to the Premier League until January 2020 when he turned 18.

Watford received confirmation that the teenager’s work permit had been approved last night, meaning the move can go ahead as scheduled, and Gomes is looking forward to having another fellow countryman in the squad.

Speaking on the club’s Extra Time series on YouTube after the defeat to Everton, he said: “This is great news for us. He’s a talented player, he’s so fast and he can score goals as well.

“I’m looking forward to welcoming him here in January. I believe he’s going to do great things for us because he’s the type of player that is a little more aggressive, that we need sometimes.

“He’s the type of player that can score goals and when we need to keep the ball he will do it for sure.”

Richarlison, who scored Everton’s second in last night’s defeat, was the last Brazilian that the Hornets signed, with Gomes helping him to settle into the country, and that’s a role he expects to play again upon Pedro’s arrival.

He said: “I expect the same thing I did with Richarlison and that I did with Sandro at Tottenham as well. It’s so difficult for young players to come here. The things that we are taught in Brazil, here they are different.

“I’m still here and I will do my best for him to adapt as quick as he can.”