Watford football club has completed the £7million signing of Ignacio Pussetto from Udinese. The 24-year-old put pen to paper a four-and-a-half-year deal at the Hornets after undergoing a medical on Tuesday.
Posting on Twitter, Watford released the news, saying
We’re pleased to announce the permanent signing of Argentinian winger Ignacio Pussetto from @Udinese_1896 on a four-and-a-half-year deal.”
Pussetto mustered just five goals in 50 games for Udinese, but new Hornets boss Nigel Pearson is hopeful he can get amongst the goals in England.
Meanwhile, Watford was left frustrated after their FA Cup third-round replay with Tranmere was postponed due to heavy rainfall. Both Sunday and Monday saw downpours hammer the Prenton Park pitch after Storm Brendan struck.
An announcement on the rescheduling of the match is expected in due course with the next midweek ruled out due to a league fixture in the book for Watford. Udinese owner Giampaolo Pozzo is the father of Watford owner Gino.
Watford has been in inspired form following the appointment of Nigel Pearson as the club’s third manager of the season on 7 December. The Hornets have won four of their past five Premier League games, their best run since winning their opening four games of last season.
While Pussetto may be the first arrival in the winter window, Christian Kabasele could be the first to leave Watford following interest from Manchester United and Arsenal. While Kabasele is expected to agree to an extension to his current contract, the Premier League’s big guns are hoping to tempt the defender away from Vicarage Road.
Ignacio Pussetto is likely to add competition in the attacking positions but is not expected to go straight into the starting XI. His arrival may well see Isaac Success leave the club as his role has become more and more peripheral.
Watford’s form has improved dramatically since Nigel Pearson took over from Quique Sánchez Flores on 7 December. The former Leicester manager lost his first game in charge, against Liverpool, but is undefeated since then, having won four and drawn one in the league, catapulting Watford to 17th in the table.