Watford have announced the signing of 18-year-old Tiago Cukur, who has joined the club's youth academy.

The striker joins after leaving AZ Alkmaar in the summer.

Senior professional development phase coach for the Under-23s Omer Riza said Tiago's qualities were clear from the first moment they saw him play.

“I got a call about this young lad in Holland so we got him in,” Riza told the club website.

“We had a look at him and from the first minute we clapped eyes on him, we saw the qualities he had. He can hold it up well, he's got a great touch under pressure, is a really good size at 6ft 3in and is good in the air.

“He can make a pass with his head, like Troy Deeney does, and you can count on him to finish. He needs work, like all young players do, but he could be a really good prospect for this club.”

The striker has signed until June 2022, with the option of a further year.