Liverpool's Jerome Sinclair signs for Watford after rejecting new deal

Liverpool forward Jerome Sinclair has signed for Watford on a five-year deal after snubbing the offer of a new contract at Anfield.

Sinclair, 19, had been tracked by several clubs and sources told ESPN FC in January that Watford were hoping to win the race for his signature after he made it clear he would not be staying at Liverpool.

The two clubs have agreed a compensation package, and Sinclair will officially become a Watford player on Friday.

The winger began his career at West Bromwich Albion but moved to Liverpool at the age of 15.

He became the youngest player to have ever played a first-team match for Liverpool, making his debut in a League Cup clash against West Brom in 2012 aged 16 years and six days. But he made just four more first-team appearances, scoring in the 2-2 FA Cup draw with Exeter City in January in what was his only start for the club.

Sinclair is Watford's first new signing as Walter Mazzarri, who has replaced Quique Sanchez Flores as manager, plans for the 2016-17 Premier League season.

Liverpool issued a statement which read: "Liverpool Football Club can confirm that an agreement has been reached with Watford for the transfer of striker Jerome Sinclair.

"The 19-year-old has secured a move to Vicarage Road upon the expiry of his Reds contract but, as he is under the age of 24, his registration would have been subject to compensation in the form of a development fee.

"However, following amicable and professional discussions between Watford and Liverpool, the clubs have reached an agreement regarding a transfer.‚Äč

"Liverpool would like to wish Jerome all the best in his new career with Watford."