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Brighton seal club-record deal for Watford's Joao Pedro

Brighton have completed a club-record deal for Watford forward Joao Pedro, who will join Roberto De Zerbi's squad at the end of the season.

The 21-year-old forward has signed a five-year deal at the Amex Stadium, an agreement which will start when the summer transfer window opens at the end of the season.

Pedro has scored 11 goals in 35 Championship appearances for Watford this season and was part of the Hornets' squads that were relegated from the Premier League in 2020 and 2022.

The transfer eclipses the Seagulls' signing of defender Adam Webster from Bristol City for around £20m in August 2019.

Brighton technical director David Weir said: "Joao has been a long-term target of ours, and he has also attracted a lot of interest from across Europe.

"So, we are delighted to have reached an agreement with a key target for the club ahead of the summer window opening, and it is great for Joao that he can focus on the new season, with his immediate future settled.

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