WATFORD are in talks over signing teenage non-league defender Samuel Okoye.
The 19-year-old Hitchin City right-back featured for the Premier League membership in pre-season friendlies towards his former membership Arsenal and Brentford.
Hitchin City defender Samuel Okoye is on the verge of a transfer to Premier League Watford after impressing on trial with the Hornets
He additionally began for the Hornets of their ultimate summer time warm-up up sport – a 1-1 with Stevenage – in a back-four that includes Craig Cathcart and William Troost-Ekong within the centre and new signing Danny Rose at left back.
It was a sport through which Xisco named an experimental facet that includes trialists alongside established stars together with Troy Deeney, and highly effective defender Okoye impressed earlier than he was substituted late on.
Okoye is obtainable with no price and is at the moment on trial on the Vicarage Street membership, who were promoted from the Championship last season.
He underlined his potential to Xisco when he performed for Hitchin towards a Watford Underneath-23s facet in mid-July.
Hertfordshire-based Hitchin play within the Southern League and signed Okoye from fellow eighth-tier facet Wingate & Finchley in October 2020.
A transfer to the Premier League would conclude a whirlwind 12 months for Okoye, who was a part of Wingate’s Underneath-23s set-up final winter.
Watford boss Xisco is contemplating signing non league prospect Samuel Okoye after working his eye over him in pre-seasonCredit score: PA
A supply near the England-born teenager, who was with Arsenal for six years till he was launched in January 2018, stated: “Samuel is a no-nonsense defender, with nice passing vary.
“He has an aggressive, combatant defensive fashion and is fast and dominant within the air.
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“He’s technically sound as you’d come to count on from somebody who has been with Arsenal as a schoolboy.
“He’s versatile and might play with each ft, however is predominantly right-footed.”
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