Watford complete the signing of Christian Kabasele

Will the Belgian be an instant hit at Vicarage Road?

Watford complete the signing of Christian Kabasele
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Today, Watford confirmed via social media that the club have completed the signing of KRC Genk centre-back, Christian Kabasele.

The towering centre-half has joined for a fee around the £5m mark and has penned a bumper five-year deal at Vicarage Road.

Kabasele will join up with his new team-mates in the coming days, following Belgium's elimination from Euro 2016 at the hands of Wales.

Rapid rise to recent fame

The now 25-year-old began his career with AS Eupen, but struggled to find favour with the side.

He was loaned out to KV Mechelen and PFK Ludogorets Razgrad, before eventually returning to Eupen and nailing down a starting spot.

Kabasele made 51 appearances in the Belgian Second Division during his final two seasons at the club where it all started.

That then promoted a move to Genk, where he has shone in the preview two campaigns under Alex McLeish and, more recently, Peter Maes.

Kabasele has been installed at the heart of their defence and was a virtual ever-present during their qualification to the UEFA Europa League this season.

After a total of 81 games and seven goals, the promising Belgian is heading for England and the Premier League.

Kabasele applauds the Genk fans. | Image credit: William Van Hecke/Corbis via Getty Images
Kabasele applauds the Genk fans. | Image credit: William Van Hecke/Corbis via Getty Images

A busy day for the Hornets

The Kabasele deal was one of just a number of deals done by Watford, on what was the fourth anniversay of the Pozzo family taking charge at the club.

Troy Deeney signed a bumper five-year deal, similar to Kabasele, on Friday to warn off any potential follow up bids from Leicester City.

As well as tying down their captain, Isaac Success was recruited for a reported £12m fee from Granada; the Nigerian forward is touted as an elite prospect at his age.

Further striking developments were made known on the very same day, with Watford turning down a reported £37.5m from Shanghai SPIG bid for Odion Ighalo.

Whatever happens this summer, few teams are likely to have been as busy as the Hornets were today.