Watford has signed striker Stefano Okaka on a five-year deal from Belgian side Anderlecht for an undisclosed fee.
The 27-year-old Italian spent last season with Anderlecht, scoring 13 league goals to help his side finish third in the Belgian top flight. Okaka had a brief loan spell with Fulham back in 2010 when he played for Roma, and he says he’s excited to be back in England.
“It’s very exciting,” Okaka told the club’s official website.
“I’m very happy to work with the Pozzo family and Walter Mazzarri, and I’m happy to be back in the Premier League, it’s nice.
“I know Watford is a family club, this is the first feeling I had when I arrived at the training ground. Everything is simple, I like that.
“I’ve never worked with him [Walter Mazzarri} and I’m excited, he’s a fantastic trainer and he can help me to be better. I am excited to play with this team and this manager.”
Okaka has been capped four times by the Italian national team, scoring once. He said he’s more mature as a player than what he was his last time in England.
“I was very young when I was at Fulham,” Okaka said.
“I came to England then with just my talent. Now I come to England with talent and with my head. A lot changes in six years.
“Now I want to play, to enjoy, to help my teammates to win for this club. My job is to score and play well for the team. I work hard every day in my career, so I’ll work hard now and then we will see.”