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Hornets land Webber

By Peter O`Rourke.   Last Updated: 04/07/03 11:48am

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WATFORD have signed Manchester United starlet Danny Webber.

Webber spent two spells on loan at Vicarage Road during the last two seasons and Hornets boss Ray Lewington was keen to sign him on a permanent basis.

The 21-year-old rejected other offers to sign for Watford on a three-year deal.

Hornets chairman Graham Simpson was delighted to have landed the highly-rated striker.

"We are delighted with the help and support we've received from Manchester United in securing Danny's services," Simpson told the club's official website.

"I must also thank Tim Shaw and Terry Byrne who were instrumental in constructing the deal.

"Judging just by the voting for club awards last season, it's clear Watford fans hold Danny in the highest regard.

"For him to make the decision to choose Watford says a lot about our playing and coaching staff here, as well as our supporters who made him feel so welcome and, I'm sure, can't wait to see him playing for us again."

Meanwhile, Hornets defender Lloyd Doyley has pledged his future to the club by signing a new contract that will keep him at Vicarage Road until 2005.

The 20-year-old right back established himself as a first-team regular last season, making 24 appearances in the side and he is highly-rated at Vicarage Road.

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