Hornets swoop for Anderlecht’s Okaka

Watford have completed the signing of Italian striker Stefano Okaka on a five-year deal from Belgian outfit Anderlecht.

The 27-year-old, formerly of Roma, bagged 17 goals in the Belgian Pro League last season, and has some experience in the Premier League after a loan spell with Fulham in 2010/11.

Okaka will now compete for a starting berth with the current striking duo of Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo, and could make his first appearance for the Hornets in their next match against West Ham.

A statement on Watford's official website read: "Watford FC are delighted to announce the signing of Italian international striker Stefano Okaka from Anderlecht on a five-year deal. 

"The 27-year-old joins the Hornets off the back of a 17-goal haul last season that helped Anderlecht to third in the Belgian Pro League and the last 16 of the Europa League. 

"Starting out with AS Roma in Serie A, Okaka took in various loan spells during his seven years at the Stadio Olimpico including in the Premier League with Fulham in 2010/2011. 

"It was his form at Sampdoria during 2014/15 that earned him a call-up from Antonio Conte to the Italian national side, Okaka netting on his debut for the Azzuri against Albania."