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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Aug 6, 2006

Boothroyd adds Shittu to Hornets squad

Watford manager Aidy Boothroyd has hailed the 'hunger' of new signing Danny Shittu after the defender completed his move from Queens Park Rangers.

The Hornets secured the 25-year-old's signature after agreeing an initial £1.6million fee, potentially rising to £3m, with the Hoops.

He will now have the chance to make his debut in a friendly against Italian giants Internazionale on Tuesday, and Boothroyd has backed him to rise to the challenge of facing top-level teams this season.

The manager told the Hornets' official website: 'In Danny we are signing another player who fits the Watford way - hungry to learn and eager to prove his worth at the very, very top level against the best.

'He is somebody we have been chasing for some time and I'm pleased he will now have the chance to fight for a place along with the other excellent centre-halves we have at the club.'

The offer was enough to persuade QPR to break a verbal agreement with West Brom, who had bid £1.5m earlier in the week.

Shittu was given the opportunity to negotiate with both clubs, but the promise of Premiership football and the opportunity to remain at his current home persuaded him to join Watford.

In a statement on their official website, Rangers admitted the Hornets' offer was impossible to refuse.

'The verbal agreement QPR had previously reached with West Bromwich Albion on Thursday was sidelined after Watford presented an offer which couldn't be ignored,' the statement read.

'The lure of Premiership football and the fact Shittu would now no longer have to relocate was also too tempting for the defender to turn down.'

The 6ft 3ins stopper first made an impact at first-team level during a loan spell at Blackpool while still a Charlton player in 2001, making 19 appearances and scoring twice.

He never made a first-team appearance for the Addicks, but established himself as a key man in the Rs' defence, making 177 appearances in five years and also weighing in with 16 goals.

He will face competition for his place at Watford from the likes of Jay DeMerit, Clarke Carlisle, Adrian Mariappa and Malky Mackay.

Watford boss Aidy Boothroyd was thrilled to have finally landed his man after pursuing the defender for some time.

'In Danny we are signing another player who fits the Watford way - hungry to learn and eager to prove his worth at the very, very top level against the best.

'He is somebody we have been chasing for some time and I'm pleased he will now have the chance to fight for a place along with the other excellent centre-halves we have at the club.