Watford land Penaranda, loan him back to Granada

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Watford have completed the signing of Granada teenager Adalberto Penaranda and loaned him back to the Liga club until the end of the 2016-17 season.

The Venezuelan forward had reportedly been attracting interest from the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham after impressing in Spain's top flight.

However, it is Watford who have secured the 18-year-old's signature, Penaranda penning a four-and-a-half-year deal at Vicarage Road.

Penaranda broke Lionel Messi's record for the youngest non-Spanish player to score a brace in a Liga match in December.

Watford also signed Abdoulaye Doucoure from Rennes on transfer deadline day and loaned him to Granada, while the Liga club have snapped up veteran centre-back Ricardo Costa, who used to play for Valencia.