Watford sign Nigeria winger Samuel Kalu

Pius Ayinor

Watford have signed Nigeria winger Samuel Kalu from Bordeaux.

He joins the Hornets for a fee reported to be close to £3m on a three-year deal, keeping him at the club until 2025.

Kalu arrives at Vicarage Road after three and a half years with Ligue 1 side Bordeaux, where he scored nine goals in 86 appearances.

The Watford website announced the signing on Wednesday, “Watford FC is delighted to announce the signing of Nigerian international winger Samuel Kalu on a deal until June 2025 from French club FC Girondins de Bordeaux.

“The fourth new signing of the January window, Kalu joins full-back Hassane Kamara, central defender Samir and midfielder Edo Kayembe at Vicarage Road.

“The 24-year-old signs for the Hornets following three-and-a-half successful years in France’s top tier, where he scored nine goals.

“Capable of playing on either flank, Kalu is a versatile option in a competitive squad, typically operating on the right wing.

“The quick-footed attacker first played for Slovakian side AS Trenčín after moving to Europe from his native Nigeria, and earned a switch to Belgian giants KAA Gent in 2017 following impressive performances. He then joined Bordeaux in August 2018, where he has since made 86 appearances for Les Girondins.”

The 24-year-old has 17 caps for Nigeria and has scored twice for the Super Eagles. He was not a part of the squad that represented Nigeria at the African Nations Cup holding in Cameroon.