Watford snap up England U21 midfielder

Ambitious Premier League side Watford have announced the signing of highly-rated Derby County midfielder Will Hughes.

The 22-year-old England Under 21 international becomes new coach Marco Silva's first signing, on a five-year deal for a reported £8m, after six seasons with the Rams.

Part of a statement from the Hornets read: "Much coveted within Premier League circles over recent seasons, the creative midfielder joins from Championship Derby County for an undisclosed fee.

"The Surrey-born playmaker came through the youth ranks at Pride Park to make his debut as a 16-year-old in 2011.

"Hughes’ experience belies his tender years, with nearly 190 Rams’ appearances racked up by the central midfielder – who is still just 22 years of age."

Hughes is currently on duty with the England Under 21 side at the European Championships in Poland, and will complete his medical with Watford when he returns to the United Kingdom.

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