Liverpool have confirmed they have allowed their striker Jerome Sinclair join Watford. The teenager's contract with the Merseyside club runs down today after failing to agree to a new deal. He came up through the ranks of the Reds' youth system and since he was a part of their academy and joining another English club, Liverpool are subjected to receive compensation as a development fee. Watford have agreed to fee and Sinclair will now move to Vicarage Road.
A statement on Liverpool's official website read, "Liverpool Football Club can confirm that an agreement has been reached with Watford for the transfer of striker Jerome Sinclair."
"The 19-year-old has secured a move to Vicarage Road upon the expiry of his Reds contract but, as he is under the age of 24, his registration would have been subject to compensation in the form of a development fee.
"However, following amicable and professional discussions between Watford and Liverpool, the clubs have reached an agreement regarding a transfer. Liverpool would like to wish Jerome all the best in his new career with Watford."
Watford confirmed that Sinclair has signed a five-year deal and joins the likes of Troy Deeney, Odion Jude Ighalo, Obbi Oulare, Steven Berghuis, Bernard Mensah, Alex Jakubiak and Dennon Lewis as the strikers in the squad.
"WATFORD FC is pleased to confirm it has agreed terms with Liverpool over the transfer of striker Jerome Sinclair. The highly-rated forward has penned a five-year deal at Vicarage Road and becomes the Hornets’ first new signing ahead of the 2016/17 Premier League campaign," Watford confirmed it on their official website.
Sinclair made history when he featured for Liverpool in the League Cup tie against West Bromwich Albion in 2012 as he became the youngest player ever to represent the Anfield club at the age of 16 years and six days.
Sinclair took on social networking site Twitter to thank Liverpool for providing opportunity to play for them. However, he expressed his delight to start a new chapter in his career at Watford.
For me it's an exciting new chapter and I can't wait to get started with @WatfordFC— Jerome Sinclair (@JSinclair_48) June 30, 2016
"I'm proud to have been able to represent a great club and I'd like to wish all the staff and the team all the best for future!"
"For me it's an exciting new chapter and I can't wait to get started with @WatfordFC," he added.Published 30 Jun 2016, 21:17 IST