​Watford have announced Derby's creative midfielder Will Hughes as their newest summer signing on a five-year deal, with a medical still to come. 


According to the official club website, Hughes will make the move from Derby to Vicarage Road for an undisclosed fee and is Marco Silva's first signing at the club since being appointed in May.

At just 22-year-old Hughes has amassed nearly 190 appearances for Derby - 165 in the Championship - and the England Under-21 international has been linked to a move to the Premier League for a number of seasons following an impressive career in the Championship.


The creative midfielder born in Surrey came through the youth ranks at Pride Park, where he made his senior debut as a 16-year-old in 2011, and quickly became a fan favourite amongst the Derby County faithful. 

Hughes missed only eight of Derby's games in the Championship last season where he scored two goals and provided three assists as the club finished ninth in the Championship, following a tumultuous season which saw the manager position change hands on four occasions. 


Currently on duty with the England Under-21's at the European Championships, the 22-year-old has scored twice in 17 appearances for the Young Lions after making the move up from the Under-17 squad.

Hughes will link up with new Hornets boss Marco Silva and his squad following the completion of his medical once he returns to the country following his holiday.