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