Ivory Coast striker Vakoun Issouf Bayo is set to be Watford’s first signing of the summer.

The 25-year-old, capped twice by his country, has agreed terms to join the Hornets I understand, although I’m not sure when he will join up with his new teammates who reported back for training yesterday.

The 6ft forward is a Gent player but spent last season on loan at RSC Charleroi in the Belgian Jupiler League, where he scored seven times in 15 appearances, and he netted 13 times in 36 outings for Toulouse in France’s Ligue 2 the season before that.

Bayo had a brief spell at Celtic in the 2019/20 season, having begun his career at Dunajska Streda in the Slovak league, where he scored 14 times in 25 games. That record attracted the attention of the then Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers, who paid £2million for him.

With the Hornets already having seen Joshua King leave the club, and Emmanuel Dennis very likely to follow him through the exit door, the signing makes sense as the attacking options at the club were beginning to look a little light.

My understanding is that Bayo is definitely seen as a player who immediately comes into contention for a first-team starting spot – I'm told he’s clearly someone who can score goals and is said to offer a physical presence.