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Etebo: Watford get loan from Stoke City midfielder

The Super Eagles midfielder is set to play a new Premier League adventure with the Hornets

Watford completed the signing of Oghenekaro Etebo on a season-long loan from Stoke City.

The 25-year-old is the youngest Nigerian to join the Xisco Munoz squad ahead of the 2021-22 season after Emmanuel Dennis switched to a permanent deal at Club Brugge.

The move from Etebo to Vicarage Road is his third move away from Stoke City, after spending the past one and a half seasons in La Liga with Getafe and Turkish Super Lig with Galatasaray.

The Nigerian has been at Stoke since 2018 and he has played 45 matches in the championship with two goals to his name.

“Watford FC are delighted to confirm the signing of Peter Etebo on a season-long loan from Stoke City, with an option to buy,” reads a statement on the club’s website.

The box-to-box midfielder (25) has been beaten 38 times by Nigeria’s senior team, having previously played 19 times for the Super Eagles’ u.23 tournament.

“Since Etebo joined the Potters in June 2018, he has also borrowed time from Getafe and Galatasaray, who have appeared in the Europa League for the latter.”

The 2015 Africa U23 Cup winner began his professional soccer career in the Nigerian top flight with Warri Wolves, where he spent two years before moving to Portuguese club Feirense in 2016.

The 25-year-old is a key figure in Gernot Rohr’s Super Eagles and he was part of the team that won bronze during the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt in 2019.

Watford immediately returned to the Premier League last season after finishing second in the second division, behind Norwich City.

Also on Friday, the Hornets, 19-year-old Nigerian descendant Dapo Mebude, signed a two-year deal with the option for a two-year extension.

Mebude was born in London to Nigerian parents, but he is a youth shooter from Scotland who played for their U16, U17, U18 and U19 teams.

The two new signings join Nigerian center William Troost-Ekong, Isaac Success, Ismaila Sarr of Senegal and Adam Masina of Morocco as the youngest African stars in Watford.

The Hornets begin their Premier League campaign 2021-22 with a home game against Aston Villa on 14 August.

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