EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Danny Welbeck is set to sign for Watford today after agreeing the terms of a contract with the club, Football Insider can reveal.
The England forward, 28, is heading to Vicarage Road on a free transfer following his summer-long search for a new club after his release by Arsenal in June.
A Watford source has told Football Insider that Welbeck is set to sign a two-year contract with the club and that the paperwork on the deal is expected to be done today.
Manager Javi Gracia is a big admirer of Welbeck and regards him as someone who can add to his attacking options at Vicarage Road.
The striker has been the subject of widespread interest from Premier League and overseas clubs this summer but many have baulked at the wage demands of a player with a poor appearance record.
Welbeck has had five injury-ravaged seasons at Arsenal and has not played since last November after suffering a broken ankle that required surgery.
But he is close to getting back to full fitness and is looking to reignite his career with a move to a club where he can be a regular starter as well as add to his 42 England caps.
Welbeck is attractive to Watford because of his pedigree and versatility that enables him to play any of the main forward roles, including as the central spearhead and as a wide forward.
He scored 32 goals in 126 Arsenal appearances as well as 29 times in 142 matches for former club Man United.