First Team 02/02/2016

Official | Abdoulaye Doucouré Signs For Hornets

WATFORD FC is delighted to announce the signing of Abdoulaye Doucouré on a four-and-a-half year contract from French Ligue 1 club Rennes for an undisclosed fee – with the midfielder set to join up with the squad fully in the summer.


After signing relevant contract paperwork at the club’s training ground, the France Under-21 international will join La Liga side Granada CF on a six-month loan move.


Hornets’ CEO Scott Duxbury said of the deal: "The opportunity to sign Abdoulaye Doucouré now was one we wanted to act upon, given our long-standing interest in the player.


“He is very much part of Watford’s future plans, and in the time between now and pre-season he’ll be experiencing high-level competitive football in Spain.”


Doucouré, 23, is a product of Rennes’ youth system and made his debut for the club’s first-team during the 2012/13 campaign, and has gone on to feature more than 70 times for the team currently sitting sixth in Ligue 1.


Amrabat | “A Dream To Play In The Premier League”

A DREAM was fulfilled for new signing Nordin Amrabat when he put pen to paper to join the Hornets yesterday. 


Amrabat became Watford's first arrival of the January 2016 transfer window, signing on a three-and-a-half-year deal from Malaga, and the versatile attacker admitted that he now can’t wait to get started. 


“I’m really excited; I’m looking forward to playing for the Hornets,” he said, speaking exclusively to


“It was a dream to play in the Premier League and I had a chance one year ago but I joined Malaga.


"I’ve seen Watford play several times, I saw them beat Liverpool 3-0. They have a Spanish coach who tries to get them playing good football, and I’m looking forward to being part of the team.”


The 28-year-old Moroccan international has been an avid admirer of the Premier League this season, and he’s kept a close eye on the Hornets, including the job that Quique Sanchez Flores has done at Vicarage Road. 


“I want to help my team and do my best. Hopefully I can make the team stronger with my qualities, I’m going to give 100 per cent and hopefully make the fans happy," he said.


“The Premier League is the best competition. Every game is exciting, there’s a lot of action and it’s always nice to watch the games. 


“Quique is a really good coach and he’s shown that over the last six months, he’s been amazing. 


“I’m really excited; I hope Saturday comes fast and I can get some minutes. I’m happy to be here, and I’m happy to be a part of Watford.”