Watford sign Abdoulaye Doucoure from Rennes in club record deal

Watford sign Doucoure from Rennes in club record deal
By PA Sport

01/02/2016 at 18:45Updated 01/02/2016 at 20:28

Watford have announced the signing of Abdoulaye Doucoure.

The 23-year-old midfielder moves to Vicarage Road from Ligue 1 side Rennes for a reported fee of £8 million.

"The opportunity to sign Abdoulaye Doucouré now was one we wanted to act upon, given our long-standing interest in the player," CEO Scott Duxbury told the club's website.

Doucoure made his debut for the Ligue 1 club in 2012 having come through their youth system.

The France U21 international has signed a four-and-a-half year deal with the Hornets but will go on a six-month loan to Granada CF, who are also owned by the Pozzo family.

Watford have also signed 18-year-old forward Adalberto Penaranda from Udinese, another Pozzo club. He was on loan to Granada, and will stay on loan at the Pozzo-owned Spanish club until the end of the season when he will link up with Watford.