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Watford sign Graham from Carlisle

Danny Graham
Carlisle are entitled to a compensation fee for Graham as he is under 24

Watford have completed the signing of out-of-contract Carlisle United striker Danny Graham, 23, on a two-year deal.

As Graham is under 24 and turned down the offer of a new deal at Brunton Park, the Cumbrians are entitled to compensation for his services.

If the two clubs cannot agree a fee, it will be decided by a tribunal.

The Hornets state on their website that "there is a possibility of compensation" and that negotiations were continuing between the clubs.

Meanwhile, another striker on the move could be Watford's Tommy Smith, after the club revealed they had received a £1.8m bid from an unnamed club for his services.


However, Colchester striker Scott Vernon has also emerged as a target for Carlisle, in a possible swap deal which would involve goalkeeper Ben Williams moving to Layer Road.

Carlisle assistant boss Dennis Booth told BBC Radio Cumbria on Wednesday: "We don't hold any grievances towards Danny Graham and we wish him all the best.

"He's got a chance to prove himself in a higher division now.

"His goals will be hard to replace but we are hopeful that we will get someone in."

Graham scored 40 goals in just over 100 appearances for Carlisle since joining from Middlesbrough in 2007.

The Gateshead-born forward began his career as a trainee with Boro, making just one first-team start.

Following loan spells at Darlington, Derby, Leeds and Blackpool, the striker joined Carlisle for a three-month loan spell in January 2007 when he scored seven times in 11 appearances.

A full-time move to Brunton Park followed during the summer when he completed his first season at the club as top scorer with 17 goals.

Graham, who was the subject of a failed £250,000 bid from Huddersfield in January, scored 16 times last season but went 18 appearances after the start of 2009 without a goal.

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