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Watford clinch deal to sign Le Havre midfielder Pape Gueye on pre-contract agreement

Watford have clinched a permanent deal for Le Havre midfielder Pape Gueye.

The Hornets, who sit just outside the Premier League relegation zone in 17th, have moved to bolster their squad by signing the 21-year-old.

Pape Gueye is an international with France up to Under-19 level
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Gueye has put pen-to-paper on a five-year deal at Vicarage Road, which will be effective from July 1.

Gueye’s contract with Ligue 2 side Le Havre expires in the summer and Watford say ‘an official pre-contract agreement has already been lodged with all relevant authorities’.

The French second division was cancelled on Tuesday, when French prime minister Edouard Philippe announced no sporting events, including those behind closed doors, would be permitted before September.

It remains to be seen when or if the Premier League season will resume, but clubs remain hopeful of concluding the campaign at some point in the coming months.

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Meanwhile, Nigel Pearson has reportedly struck a deal with Watford to stay in charge beyond his contract until the end of this season.

The former Leicester previously penned a short-term contract until the end of the 2019/20 campaign, which could now extend well beyond May.

Under Pearson’s stewardship the relegation-threatened outfit have been transformed, becoming the first side to beat runaway leaders Liverpool at the end of February.

There is also understood to be an option to extend his contract for another year if both parties wish to do so.

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