Sam Ryder

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Official: Watford Sign England Under-18 Winger Kwadwo Baah

Newly promoted Watford have made their first signing of the Summer, promising young winger Kwadwo Baah from Rochdale on a five-year contract.

There were rumours linking Baah to The Hornets back in April; reports suggested the German-born youngster, who was out of contract at the end of this season, had passed a medical and confirmed a £125,000 move from the Dale (more recent reports state the figure will be closer to £150,000, with a sell-on clause included). His former club confirmed on their website that they would be receiving an "undisclosed six-figure fee" and tried to tie the player down to a long-term deal, but Baah desired a move to Vicarage Road.

Manchester City came very close to securing Baah's signature in January, but the deal fell through. He was also linked to European Giants Juventus and Bayern Munich, as well as Scottish Champions Rangers. When asked about the potential move to the Etihad in February, Rochdale Head Coach Brian Barry-Murphy dubbed the 18 year-old "One of the most talented wide players we've ever had at the club".

Born to Ghanaian parents in Stuttgart, Germany, before moving to England at a young age, Baah has the opportunity to represent several countries at International level, and has enjoyed gametime for England's Under-18's, making his debut in March.

Baah has made an impact already in senior football despite his age, even winning League One's Young Player of the Month Award for January. He scored three goals for Rochdale, notching two assists also, and has been touted for the top by those who have coached or worked with him in his early career.

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