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Sports News of Saturday, 13 November 2021


I played a role in Okoye’s Watford signing - Troost-Ekong

William Troost-Ekong William Troost-Ekong

William Troost-Ekong says he is pleased to welcome compatriot Maduka Okoye to Vicarage Road after the young goalkeeper completed a surprise move to Watford in midweek.

Troost-Ekong also shed more light on his relationship with Okoye, revealing the part he played behind the scene to ensure the 22-year-old chose the Hornets ahead of other clubs competing for his signature.

Watford on Tuesday confirmed the signing of Okoye from Sparta Rotterdam in a five-and-a-half-year which will start in January. The Nigerian international will, however, be loaned back to Sparta Rotterdam from January 1st until the end of the season.

According to reports, Watford paid around €7 million to sign the goalkeeper, making him the most expensive Nigerian shot-stopper in history.

Okoye will team up with a Watford side that already boasts a healthy Nigerian presence, including Super Eagles vice-captain Troost-Ekong, exciting forward Emmanuel Dennis, and dynamic midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo.

However, Troost-Ekong probably did the most to guide Okoye in deciding for Watford ahead of other suitors.

“I’m delighted to see Maduka sign for Watford,” Troost-Ekong told Watford’s official website.

“I’ve been speaking to him for a while about the different options he’s had, and I knew the club were speaking to him, so it’s great that it’s over the line.”