Mazzarri seals double swoop

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri has strengthened his squad by snapping up the France international Younes Kaboul and Roberto Pereyra from Juventus.

Kaboul moves to Vicarage Road from Sunderland, with the 30-year-old central defender penning a three-year contract with the Hornets.

He made 23 appearances for the Black Cats last term after moving to the Stadium of Light from Tottenham Hotspur for £3million last summer.

Kaboul has also played for Auxerre and Portsmouth during his career and has represented his country on five occasions.

He said: “I’m looking forward to the season. Just from the outside, I can see it’s a family club, there are some good players here and I’m very confident.

“The club had a very good season last year, and we need to carry that on to be even better.”

Meanwhile, Argentina international Pereyra has penned a five-year deal with Watford, who are 5/2 to be relegated this season.

The 25-year-old attacking midfielder has played nearly 70 matches for Juventus in the last two seasons, including the 2015 Champions League defeat to Barcelona in Berlin.

Pereyra began his career with River Plate before moving to Udinese and then Juve. He has represented Argentina, 9/1 to win the 2018 World Cup outright, ten times.