Nigerian international defender William Troost-Ekong has completed a permanent transfer to Watford.
The Hornets announced Troost Ekong’s signing in a statement on Tuesday.
✍️ We are delighted to announce the signing of Nigerian international defender William Troost-Ekong on a permanent transfer.
Sought-after teenage striker Djibril Touré also joins on a five-and-a-half-year contract.
— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) September 29, 2020
The 27-year-old centre-half, who has 42 caps and represented his country at the 2018 World Cup, has signed a five-year contract with the Hornets and becomes the latest new addition to Vladimir Ivić’s squad.
— William Troost-Ekong (@WTroostEkong) September 29, 2020
Troost-Ekong has spent the past two years in Italy with Udinese, play ing 66 times for the Serie A side since his arrival from Turkish Süper Lig outfit Bursaspor in 2018.
Born in the Netherlands, he began his senior career in the Eredivisie with Groningen and Dordrecht before spells in Belgium and Norway, with Gent and Haugesund respectively.
The statement added, “A former Netherlands youth international, Troost-Ekong made his senior international debut for Nigeria in 2015 and has since proven himself to be an important part of the Super Eagles’ defence, playing three times at the World Cup in Russia and making six appearances at last year’s African Cup of Nations in Egypt.
“He will wear squad number 5.”