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Troost-Ekong ‘proud’ to join Greek club PAOK Salonika

WILLIAM Troost-Ekong has expressed delight and pride after completing a move to Greek Super League club PAOK Salonika.

The Super Eagles defender joined the club from Watford yesterday after six months on loan at Serie A side Salernitana.

The deal is believed to have cost the Greek side €1 million.

“Proud to wear these colours,” the 29-year-old Nigeria international tweeted hours after sealing the move.

PAOK announced the completion of the transfer on their official website yesterday, confirming that Troost-Ekong signed a three-year contract.

“PAOK announces the acquisition of William Troost-Ekong by transfer from Watford. The Nigerian stopper has signed a contract until June 2026 and will wear the number 15 shirt,” the club stated.

Troost-Ekong was born on September 1, 1993, in Haarlem, The Netherlands, to a Nigerian father and a Dutch mother and began his career as a youngster in Overbos before moving to England.

He first joined the Fulham academies in England and then switched to Tottenham before returning to The Netherlands with Groningen.

“Ekong sought a new challenge this summer. PAOK convinced him, won the competition, and the Nigerian became a resident of Thessaloniki for the next three years,” the club added.

The Super Eagles vice-captain struggled for playing time at Watford in the English second tier last season but played a crucial role as Salernitana escaped relegation in the Italian top flight.

He joined Watford from Udinese in 2020 and helped them gain promotion to the Premier League, although they were relegated after only one season in the top division.

Troost-Ekong made 68 appearances for Watford in all competitions, scoring two goals.

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