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Watford throw a lifeline to free agent Welbeck

 

New chapter: Danny Welbeck
New chapter: Danny Welbeck

By Robert Jones

Watford have signed former Manchester United and Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck on a free transfer.

The forward had been without a club following his release by the Gunners at the end of last season, but he has now arrived at Vicarage Road ahead of the new campaign.

The 28-year-old, who has won 42 England caps, has seen his career hindered by injury, but he is fit again after breaking his ankle before Christmas.

That injury was picked up against Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League and turned out to be the last of his 126 appearances in an Arsenal shirt.

Welbeck, who left United to join Arsenal in 2014, will challenge Troy Deeney, Gerard Deulofeu and Andre Gray for a place in Javi Gracia's side.

Meanwhile, Nathaniel Phillips has signed a long-term contract with Liverpool and immediately joined Stuttgart on a season-long loan.

The 22-year-old defender has not yet made a senior competitive appearance for the Reds but was part of Jurgen Klopp's squad for the pre-season tour of the United States.

Phillips, who joined the club in 2016 having previously been at Bolton, will spend the campaign in the German second division.

Phillips said: "I'm delighted to be here. VfB is a club steeped in tradition and I want to play a part in making sure we make it back into the Bundesliga."

Stuttgart were relegated from the Bundesliga last season after finishing 16th and then losing a play-off against Union Berlin.

Sporting director Sven Mislintat added: "We're convinced that he has everything it takes to fill the void left by Marcin Kaminski's injury."

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