Watford agree to sign Genoa winger Diego Perotti for club-record fee

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After finishing dead last in the Premier League in a one-year stint back in 2006-07, Watford is hoping to stay a bit longer this run around.

The Hornets finished second in the Championship last season, earning an automatic promotion to the Premier League, and the club is already willing to spend some of that top-flight cash.

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Watford has agreed to pay a club-record fee of more than $11 million to Genoa for winger Diego Perotti, although the deal is not officially completed yet.

The fee is more than double Watford’s previous club record, when the Hornets signed Nathan Ellington eight years ago.

Perotti scored four goals in 27 appearances for Italian-side Genoa last season, and can play out wide as a winger or in an attacking midfield role. Prior to his Genoa move, he made over 100 appearances for Sevilla in La Liga. It is reported that Sevilla would receive 20 percent of the transfer fee from Watford.

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The Argentine has two caps for the national team, making his debut in 2009 after coming on as a substitute for a man named Lionel Messi.

Perotti would add some high-quality experience to the Hornets, having won the Europa League and Copa del Rey during his tenure at Sevilla. He would join Sebastian Prodl as the club’s second summer signing, after the Austrian international completed a move to Vicarage Road from Werder Bremen earlier this month.