By Dominic Toner
Watford have completed the signing of Stefano Okaka, despite interest from Aston Villa.
The Premier League side have announced on their website that they have completed the signing of the 27-year-old striker from Anderlecht, who has joined on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
Okaka still had three years left on the four-year deal he signed with Anderlecht last summer, after joining from Serie A side Sampdoria.
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The striker, who has one Italy goal to his name, is known for his aerial ability, which he combines with a decent amount of pace.
It won’t be Okaka’s first time on these shores as former England manager Roy Hodgson brought him to Fulham for a loan spell in 2010, where he made 13 appearances and scored three goals.
This comes as a blow to the Midlands club, who are desperately searching for a proven goalscorer to lead their promotion charge.
Di Matteo’s side have also been linked with Chelsea starlet Patrick Bamford, now strongly linked with Burnley, and Huddersfield’s Nahki Wells.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, a deal has been agreed during weekend talks as the club’s manager nears move.