Watford FC have announced the signings of eight new players in a single day, including seven recruits from sister club Udinese.

Last season's Championship playoff runners-up are certain to retain at least four of the new additions, whilst their ongoing transfer embargo means the Football League is yet to approve a further quartet of draftees.

Italian striker Diego Fabbrini, who made his national team debut against England in a friendly last August, will swap Serie A for English football's second tier on a four-year deal alongside defender Gabriele Angella.

Meanwhile, former Watford loanee midfielders Almen Abdi and Cristian Battocchio have finalised their return to Vicaridge Road from Europe League strugglers Udinese for at least another three seasons.

"Watford are delighted to announce the permanent signings of eight players ahead of the 2013-14 season," an official club statement read.

"The club has received confirmation from the Football League and The Football Association that the contracts of Almen Abdi, Cristian Battocchio, Gabriele Angella and Diego Fabbrini have been registered."

The Hornets have also brought in Marco Cassetti and Daniel Pudil, who spent last season on loan with Gianfranco Zola's squad, from the La Liga side and Watford's other main affiliate team Granada CF.

Adding to the unratified signings of Javier Acuna and Davide Faroni, the transfer activity is likely to anger critics of the north London club, who have previously vented their fury at Gino Pozzo's multiple club ownership policy.

The statement continued: "The club anticipates receiving the same confirmation of their contract registration from the football authorities shortly."

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