Marseille defender Brice Dja Djedje claims he has signed for Watford.
The Ivory Coast international told French newspaper L’Equipe he would be moving to the English Premier League in a reported £4million four-year deal, and is now set to join up with his new team-mates on their pre-season tour of Austria.
Dja Djedje said to L’Equipe: “I had other proposals, yes, even a German club, but I preferred to sign for Watford because this is a good club.
“I will find some former players of Ligue 1 and because it allows me to set foot in the Premier League.”
The 25-year-old says he is looking forward to working with new Hornets boss Walter Mazzarri, whom he claims was interested in signing him when in charge at Napoli.
“I feel with him (Mazzarri) I can continue to progress,” the defender added.
“He wants to play his 3-5-2 team, this is a system that suits me well because we played in a slightly similar way with Marcelo (Bielsa).”
Watford are yet to officially confirm the transfer, but have been busy reshaping the squad for life after Quique Sanchez Flores, who kept the Hertfordshire club up in his first season and also reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
New manager Mazzarri has brought in Belgium international Christian Kabasele, Jerome Sinclair from Liverpool and forward Isaac Success as well as Colombia international full-back Juan Camilo Zuniga on loan from Napoli.