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OFFICIAL: Watford sign Zarate from Fiorentina

8:24 PM IST 25/01/17
Mauro Zarate Fiorentina Verona
The experienced attacker is back in England for another crack at the Premier League, 12 months after departing West Ham for Italy

Watford have announced that they have signed Mauro Zarate from Fiorentina on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

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The 29-year-old attacker had spent the last year with the Serie A outfit, having departed West Ham, but is now back in the Premier League after signing for the Vicarage Road outfit for an undisclosed fee.

Zarate has also had stints in England with Birmingham City and Queens Park Rangers.

The Hornets will hope that he can show the kind of form that he mustered at West Ham, with whom he registered seven goals in 29 appearances.

Zarate had found his opportunities to shine limited with Fiorentina this season, playing only nine matches with the Viola. However, he found the net on each of his last two appearances for the Florence club, striking the consolation in a 3-1 loss against Lazio before helping his side to draw 3-3 with Napoli before Christmas.

The forward, who won the Coppa Italia at Lazio in 2009, will compete with the likes of Troy Deeney, Isaac Success and Roberto Pereyra for a place in the Watford attack. Striker Odion Ighalo has been heavily linked with a move to West Brom.

Mazzarri's team, who visit Millwall in the FA Cup on Sunday, are 14th in the Premier League, eight points clear of the relegation zone.