Watford wrap up deal for Derby midfielder Hughes

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The England U21 international, who has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, has penned a five-year contract at Vicarage Road

Watford have completed the signing of Derby midfielder Will Hughes on a five-year contract.

The England U21 international has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Liverpool among those to have been credited with holding an interest in the past.

Watford's 2017-18 fixtures

No deal has been put in place, though, and the product of Derby’s academy system has gone on to take in six seasons as a member of the Rams’ senior ranks.

He will now get the opportunity to test himself in the English top-flight, with Watford having secured his signature for an undisclosed fee.

A statement on the club’s official website read: “Hughes’ experience belies his tender years, with nearly 190 Rams’ appearances racked up by the central midfielder – who is still just 22 years of age.

“Currently representing his country at the European Under-21 Championships in Poland, the six-footer has scored twice in 17 games for the 21s having previously made England Under-17 appearances.  

“Hughes will link up with Marco Silva’s squad subject to completion of medical tests on his return to the UK.”

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