Pantilimon up for Gomes ‘fight’

Date published: Tuesday 19th January 2016 11:17

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Watford have completed the signing of Costel Pantilimon from Sunderland on a three-and-a-half year deal.

The 28-year-old made 49 appearances for the club since joining from Man City in 2014, but fell down the pecking order at the Stadium of Light following Jordan Pickford’s debut at Tottenham last weekend.

Pantilimon will compete with current No 1 Heurelho Gomes for a starting spot, and the new signing insists he is ready for the fight.

“It was the best option for me. I like the manager, I like the players and I have made a good choice.

“I know Gomes well from playing against him before. He is a nice guy but I will fight for my position.”

Ahead of this weekend’s game with Newcastle, boss Quique Sanchez Flores says Pantilimon will not immediately replace Gomes.

“We don’t need a goalkeeper to replace Heurelho because he is an amazing keeper – but we are looking for cover for players who are playing every time,” he said.

Meanwhile, Nordin Amrabat says it’s a ‘dream’ to be playing in the Premier League after completing his move from Malaga.

The forward also penned a three-and-a-half year deal with the Hornets, and could be in the squad to face the Magpies at Vicarage Road.

“I’m really excited; I’m looking forward to playing for the Hornets,” he told Hornets Player.

“It was a dream to play in the Premier League and I had a chance one year ago but I joined Malaga.

“I’ve seen Watford play several times, I saw them beat Liverpool 3-0. They have a Spanish coach who tries to get them playing good football, and I’m looking forward to being part of the team.

“Quique is a really good coach and he’s shown that over the last six months, he’s been amazing.

“I’m really excited; I hope Saturday comes fast and I can get some minutes. I’m happy to be here, and I’m happy to be a part of Watford.”

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