Mexico int’l Layun joins Watford

sMexico international Miguel Layun (pictured) joined England's Watford on January 9, 2015. (Photo: Mexsport)

LONDON – Watford announced Friday the signing of Mexico international Miguel Layun to a four-and-a-half contract. 

The 26-year-old was transferred to Spain’s Granada from Mexican champion Club America in December.  Prior to this latest development, it was initially speculated that he would only be loaned to the English Championship side for the remainder of the current season. 

“I am very excited,” said Layun, who has 22 caps and started all four of Mexico’s matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.  “This is a new challenge for me.  I’m a person who likes to be involved in challenges.  I think we have a very good chance here.  I’ve seen the position of the team before I came here and I think we can have a great tournament. We have many games to be in the first two positions and get promotion automatically, so I am very excited to be signing with the club. 

Watford currently sits sixth in England’s second tier with 41 points, seven behind league leader Bournemouth. 

This will be Layun’s second stint in Europe after playing with Italy’s Atalanta for six months before being transferred to Club America in December 2009.