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Athletic: Danny Rose to sign with Watford on free transfer

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He’s moving, but not moving far.

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Danny Rose is moving, but not very far. Just a couple of weeks after leaving Tottenham Hotspur at the conclusion of his contract, The Athletic’s Adam Leventhal is reporting that he’s reached a “agreement in principle” to join Watford on a free transfer.

Watford isn’t exactly “up north” which is where Danny said he’d like to return one day. Heck, it’s not even that far from Tottenham’s stadium, just 17 miles west-northwest from Spurs’ new ground. But it is a pretty great move for him.

Watford promoted directly back to the Premier League this past season, finishing second behind Norwich. Last season they used a combination of 27-year old Adam Masina and 29-year old Achraf Lazaar at the left back position, but Lazaar’s contract apparently expires at the end of June and Rose would be competing for minutes with Masina in the Premier League.

Rose is obviously a talented and experienced footballer, and even if he’s now on the wrong side of 30 that’s unlikely to bother a team like Watford too much who likely just want to stay up. It’s a great move for Danny and it means we’ll get to easily watch him play football next season as well. I’m not looking forward to the idea of Tottenham playing against him, but I’ll be following his career with great interest.