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Watford confirm Ozan Tufan signing

Watford continue to strengthen their squad with new signings this summer, with Ozan Tufan the latest player to join Xisco Munoz’s side at Vicarage Road.

What’s the word?

It was confirmed earlier this week that the Hornets have signed the £9.9m-rated Fenerbahce man on loan for the season, with an option to buy should he impress throughout the campaign.

The 26-year-old has a wealth of experience playing in Turkey, with 259 career appearances to his name with Fenerbahce, Bursaspor and Alanyaspor, while he earned glowing comparisons with Manchester City legend Yaya Toure from one of his former managers during his time with the Istanbul club.

Will Tufan be a good signing for Watford?

He has contributed 25 goals and 34 assists in that time, and also has 63 caps for Turkey under his belt, so he will add plenty of experience to Watford’s midfield as they look to stave off relegation back to the Championship this season.

Although he might struggle to break into the midfield if Peter Etebo, Juraj Kucka and Tom Cleverley maintain the form they showed in the opening day victory against Aston Villa, Tufan’s versatility suggests that he will still be a hugely important member of Xisco’s squad.

During his career thus far, the 26-year-old has played in a wide range of positions across the midfield and defence, which suggests that he could provide cover in any of those roles for Watford this season should they suffer injury problems.

The Turkish midfielder will no doubt be pushing to earn a starting spot in his favoured central midfield position, however, and the increased competition in that area can only be a good thing for Xisco this term.

Watford’s report claims that they beat a host of Premier League and European clubs to the signing of Tufan, so Hornets fans must be delighted to see him arrive at Vicarage Road and will be hoping to watch him making a big contribution this season.

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