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Watford complete signing of Alessandro Diamante

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Watford have completed the signing of Guangzhou Evergrande forward Alessandro Diamanti as the ex-West Ham player agrees a season-long loan move.

The move, confirmed on Watford's official website, is all but done subject to the Italian receiving international clearance. 

The 32-year-old becomes the 12th signing for the Hornets who have been the Premier League's busiest club in this summer's transfer window as they seek to avoid the drop.

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The former Italy squad member had previously been training with his new teammates for the week while the loose ends of the deal were tied up.

Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores will have Diamanti available for this weekend's fixture against Southampton.

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The experienced forward spent the second half of last season on loan at Italian side Fiorentina in which he made 11 appearances, scoring twice.

The forward has also appeared 17 times for his country, including against England in a Euro 2012 quarter-final, with Diamante scoring the winning penalty in a tense shootout.

The forward scored seven times in 30 appearances for West Ham in the 2009/10 season which is his only other season spent in English football.

Diamante does find himself linking up with a former teammate from that Hammers side as he joins Swiss midfielder Valon Behrami, who played alongside the Italian during their spells at West Ham.  

This experienced signing will provide further options for Flores as his team search for their first Premier league victory this season over the saints at Vicarage Road on Sunday afternoon. 

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