Watford have joined the race for Chukwudi Agor's signature
The CEO of ASJ Academy has confirmed to All Nigeria Soccer that Watford have joined the race for Nigerian teenager Chukwudi Agor.
West Ham had made a bid for the teenager last month
However, ASJ's CEO, Emeka Amajiriaku, has now confirmed that the Hornets are also in contention to bring the youngster to Vicarage Road, adding that they have already opened talks with his representatives.
He told All Nigeria Soccer: “We are studying offers from West Ham and Watford, we want a team that can develop the player.
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“So we are not after his transfer fees or wages, we don’t want a situation where he is signed and he is dumped soon after.
“We have documents from Watford, we believe we can broker a better deal apart from these two teams in England. So many teams have been calling us that they want Chukwudi.”
Watford are preparing for another season in the Premier League after a successful survival campaign last term
Primarily used as a central midfielder, Chukwudi was part of the Nigerian squad that won the 2015 Under-17 World Cup, and is one of several of the team's players to be attracting attention.
News of interest from Watford, who are looking to progress under new boss Walter Mazzarri, will come as a blow to West Ham, particularly after the Hammers had seemingly warded off the advances of Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon.
Chukwudi becomes eligible to sign a professional contract with any of his suitors when he turns 18 on November 26.