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Stepanov to join after Trial

Andrei Stepanov has joined Watford on a short term contract for the remainder of the season.

The Estonian international has spent the past week on trial at Watford’s London Colney training ground and has done enough to get himself a contract for the end of the current season.

The defender, born in Tallinn, arrives from Russian side FC Khimki. He has had previous experience with clubs such as FC Torpedo Moscow, FC Flora Tallinn, Lelle SK and FC TVMK Tallinn

The 30 year-old will be linking up with his fellow countryman Mart Poom. Stepanov has 79 caps for Estonia, in which time he has scored once for his country. He was also voted Estonia’s Footballer of the Year in 2004, an award won by Poom six times before.

The player will provide cover for club captain Jay Demerit and Mike Williamson, after Leigh Bromby returned to Sheffield United earlier this season.

Rodgers commented on Stepanov earlier in the week and said: “He is an international and a very experienced player.

“We are having a look at him for a couple of days with a view to something between now and the end of the season to provide cover for our centre-halves.”

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