Mexican wing back Miguel Layun has switched to Watford on a permanent deal, confirms the club.
Layun was set to join the Hornets on loan from sister club Granada, but the deal has been switched which now sees him stay at Watford for four-and-a-half years.
The popular wing back has over one million followers on Twitter, and Premier League giants Liverpool and Chelsea, along with Turkish side Besiktas were understood to be interested, but he wanted to ‘follow his dreams’.
“This is my new home, that’s the feeling that I have now,” Layun told the club’s website, “Everyone has received me very well, and I feel great.”
“I am very excited. This is a new challenge for me, I’m a person who likes to be involved in challenges. I don’t like the comfortable life.
“I think we have a very good chance here. I’ve seen the position of the team before I came here and I think we can have a great tournament. We have many games to be in the first two positions and get promotion automatically, so I am very excited to be signing with the club.
“I am a fast player who can play on both sides – left and right. I like to be a player who can play in many positions as it gives me more chances to be on the field.
“I like to attack and if I have to defend, I defend. I like to shoot from outside the box, and I hope to do it well so I can score here.
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Layun featured for Mexico in last year’s World Cup, and has made 22 appearances, netting three times.
He arrives to the Sky Bet Championship, signing from top Mexican side, Club America, where he made 140 appearances, scoring 15 goals, four in one game for them this season.
The Mexican may very well be set to be thrown into the Watford team for tomorrow’s trip to Huddersfield, and is the preferred player over the departing Lloyd Dyer.
The Hornets are currently sit in fifth position in the Sky Bet Championship table, and have accumulated 41 points from 24 league games.