Fulham’s spending spree has soared past £23million after Lawrie Sanchez made Hameur Bouazza the eighth signing of a hectic summer at Craven Cottage.
A £3million fee was today agreed with Watford for Bouazza, a left-sided attacking player who can operate as a winger or striker.
The sum will rise by £1million depending on appearances with the 22-year-old, Watford’s top scorer last season, agreeing a four-year contract.
“Hameur is an exciting young player with a great deal of potential,” said Fulham boss Sanchez told the club’s official website www.fulhamfc.com.
“His attributes as a player fit in with my philosophy to play attacking, exciting football next season.
“He will provide further pace and attacking guile to our frontline and I’m delighted that he has signed for the club today.
“Hameur becomes my eighth signing and I’m delighted with what the club has achieved in the transfer market this summer.”
Bouazza made 101 appearances for Watford and scored 13 goals, seven of which came during last season’s Barclays Premiership campaign.
The French-born Algerian international is a product of the club’s academy system and manager Adrian Boothroyd warned Fulham he is not yet the finished article.
“We’re disappointed to lose Hameur because I wanted to keep him in the squad for this season,” Boothroyd told the club’s official website www.watfordfc.co.uk.
“Sometimes though you have to weigh up the money on offer and the value a player brings to the squad who wouldn’t necessarily be starting each and every week.
“He is definitely a terrific player in my eyes but has got an awful long way to go to be all he can be in his career.”