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English Premier League club Watford have announced that they have reached an agreement to sign Super Eagles first choice goalkeeper Maduka Okoye with effect from January 1, 2022.

According to a statement on the club’s official website, Okoye has agreed a five-and-a-half-year deal, that will keep him at Vicarage Road until June 30, 2027.

As part of the agreement between Watford and Sparta Rotterdam, Okoye will be spending the remainder of this season on loan at the Eredivisie club.

Okoye is credited with 43 appearances for Sparta Rotterdam, posting 12 shutouts while conceding 57 goals.

The 22-year-old had stops at Borussia Mönchengladbach, Bayer Leverkusen and Fortuna Düsseldorf before moving to Sparta Rotterdam in the summer of 2020.

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He was named Sparta Rotterdam’s Player of the Year in his maiden season after helping the club finish eighth in the Dutch top-flight.

Fellow Nigeria internationals Oghenekaro Etebo, Emmanuel Dennis and William Troost-Ekong, alongside Nigeria U23 international Tom Dele-Bashiru, Joseph Hungbo and Dapo Mebude are currently on the books of Watford, though the last three of the aforementioned players have been loaned out to Reading, Ross County and AFC Wimbledon respectively.

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