Switzerland International Joins Watford.
Watford completed their sixth piece of business in this summer’s transfer window, with Switzerland international Valon Behrami, joining the Hornet’s on a three-year-deal from German side Hamburg for an undisclosed fee.
The industrious midfielder has previous Premier League experience with West Ham United and he was at Watford’s pre-season friendly with Wimbledon yesterday.
The 30 year-old also has 59 caps for Switzerland and has represented his country at the past three World Cups. He has also turned out for Switzerland at the European Championship’s as well.
Behrami started his career with Swiss side FC Lugano and a series of impressive performances attracted the attentions of Genoa, who signed him in July 2003.
He was to spend the following season on loan at Verona, making 33 appearances, scoring once, with his performances persuading Lazio to purchase the midfielder.
Behrami was to remain with Lazio for three seasons, making 69 appearances scoring four times. After another series of impressive performances for the Italian side, West Ham parted with £5 million, to purchase him from Lazio.
During his two-and-a-half years with West Ham, Behrami was adored by the club’s fans for his industrious performances. His work-rate endeared him to fan’s and his adaptability proved to be vital for the Hammer’s on a number of occasions, with the midfielder filling in at right-back when needed.
Behrami was to make 63 appearances for the Hammer’s in the Premier League, scoring 5 goals, before he returned to Italy with Fiorentina in January 2011.
He spent three years with Fiorentina before moving to Napoli in August 2012, where he made 67 appearances in two seasons.
Behrami joined German side Hamburg last summer and made 22 appearances in the Bundesliga during the 2014/15 season.
His performances have attracted the attentions of the Hornets, who have acted swiftly to purchase the Switzerland international, with the midfielder signing a three-year-contract.
In my view, Behrami is an excellent signing for the Golden Boy’s. A box-to-box midfielder, who can also play in a deeper role in midfield and can also fit in at right back, Behrami’s adaptability could be vastly important over the duration of the Premier League season.
Also with Daniel Tozser leaving the club, Behrami is a more than capable replacement, with his battling all-action displays endearing him to fan’s wherever he has played.
He also knows the demands of the Premier League and what it takes to be successful in this division, so his experience will prove vital for the Hornet’s this season.
For me, I think this is a superb signing and I welcome Behrami to Vicarage Road with open arms.
Welcome to Watford Valon!