The Hornets are delighted to announce the permanent signing of Argentine forward Mauro Zárate.
Comfortable playing as either an attacking midfielder or a striker, Zárate joins Watford in a two-and-a-half-year deal from Fiorentina, where he scored seven goals in eight starts for the Serie A outfit.
The 29-year-old returns to the Premier League having spent previous spells in the top-flight with West Ham, QPR and Birmingham City.
Having started out in Argentina with Vélez Sarsfield, Zárate spent a brief period with Qatari side Al-Sadd before making a loan switch to Birmingham in 2008, finding the net four times in 14 outings for the Blues.
A five-year stint with Lazio followed and Zárate played a key role in their 2009 Coppa Italia Final victory over Sampdoria, scoring four minutes into a 1-1 draw before converting during a successful penalty shoot-out.
After a year spent on loan at Inter Milan, and a return to first club Vélez Sarsfield during the 2013/14 season, Zárate joined West Ham in 2014 and went on to play 29 times for the Hammers, scoring seven goals.
The former Argentina Under-20 international also played four games on loan at QPR in the early part of 2015, and secured a switch from West Ham to Fiorentina in January 2016.
He will wear squad number 20 for Watford.
Return to watfordfc.com shortly to watch Zárate’s first interview since joining the Hornets.
Right now you can get 50 per cent off official Watford replica kit and training wear at The Hornets Shop in-store and online at thehornetsshop.co.uk.