Watford have completed the signing of winger Philip Zinckernagel on a five-and-a-half-year deal. 

The 26-year-old, who joins from Bodo/Glimt on a free transfer, helped the Norwegian side to their first-ever top-flight title in their history in November last year, with the club having only been promoted to the Eliteserien in 2017 and finished runners-up in 2019. 

Zinckernagel was instrumental as he chipped in with 19 league strikes and 24 assists to help Kjetil Knutsen’s men finish 19 points ahead of reigning champions Molde and tot up an impressive 103 goals. 

Philip Zinckernagel could make his Watford debut against Manchester United at Old Trafford

Philip Zinckernagel could make his Watford debut against Manchester United at Old Trafford

Philip Zinckernagel could make his Watford debut against Manchester United at Old Trafford

The Dane also played his part as Bodo/Glimt made it to the third qualifying round of the Europa League in September 2020, where they were defeated 3-2 by Serie A leaders AC Milan. 

Zinckernagel officially joins the Hornets when the transfer window opens on January 2 and could make his debut in an FA Cup third-round tie against Manchester United at Old Trafford on January 9.

Watford’s five-year stay in the Premier League ended in July last year when they were relegated on the final day of the season after losing 3-2 at Arsenal shortly after sacking Nigel Pearson. 

Former Maccabi Tel Aviv boss Vladimir Ivic took over in mid-August before being dismissed on December 19.

Ivic’s last match was a 2-0 defeat against Huddersfield earlier that day as the Serbian opted to drop Troy Deeney for the match, citing a ‘discipline issue’, after the captain had scored in the club’s past three matches.

Vladimir Ivic dropped Troy Deeney against Huddersfield before the Hornets boss was sacked

Vladimir Ivic dropped Troy Deeney against Huddersfield before the Hornets boss was sacked

Vladimir Ivic dropped Troy Deeney against Huddersfield before the Hornets boss was sacked

Xisco Munoz won his first game in charge against Norwich on Boxing Day after succeeding Ivic

Xisco Munoz won his first game in charge against Norwich on Boxing Day after succeeding Ivic

Xisco Munoz won his first game in charge against Norwich on Boxing Day after succeeding Ivic

Xisco Munoz was appointed on December 20 and won his opening match in charge against Norwich as Ismaila Sarr scored the only goal of the game. 

The team sit fifth and travel to third-placed Swansea on Saturday before facing the Red Devils next weekend. 

This post first appeared on Dailymail.co.uk

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