Official: Super Eagles captain joins PAOK

PAOK Thessaloniki FC, a Greek football club, has recently announced the signing of Super Eagles captain William Troost-Ekong from Watford. The club made an official statement on their website, confirming the acquisition of the Nigerian defender. Troost-Ekong has signed a three-year deal with PAOK, which will keep him with the team until 2026.

This move marks the end of Troost-Ekong’s three-year spell at Watford. The defender joined the English club from Udinese in September 2020 and played a crucial role in helping the Hornets gain promotion to the Premier League in his first season. However, Watford struggled in the top flight, enduring relegation to the Championship.

During the first half of the campaign, Troost-Ekong featured in 15 matches for Watford in the second tier. In January, he was loaned out to Serie A side Salernitana, where he made nine appearances and scored a goal against his former club, Udinese. His performances helped Salernitana avoid relegation. However, the Italian club decided against making his loan deal permanent, resulting in his return to Watford.

Earlier reports had suggested that Panathinaikos, Genoa, and Verona were also interested in signing Troost-Ekong. However, it is PAOK that has secured the services of the 29-year-old defender. PAOK finished fourth in the Greek Super League last season and will be competing in the Europa Conference League in the upcoming season.

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Troost-Ekong’s addition to the PAOK squad is expected to bolster their defense and provide valuable experience and leadership. The Nigerian international has proven himself both domestically and internationally, and his presence will undoubtedly strengthen PAOK’s chances of success in the upcoming season.

As PAOK aims to improve their performance and challenge for titles in Greece and Europe, the signing of Troost-Ekong demonstrates their ambition and determination. With his skills, experience, and leadership qualities, the Nigerian defender is poised to make a significant impact at his new club. PAOK fans can look forward to witnessing Troost-Ekong’s contributions on the pitch as they strive for success in the upcoming season.

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