Anya played 138 times for the Hornets after joining, initially on loan, from Granada in 2012.
On 22 July 2013, Anya completed a permanent move to Watford, signing a three-year deal. He extended his contract following Watford's promotion to the Premier League in 2015, and is now contracted to the club
Anya joined the Wycombe Wanderers youth team in the 2003–04 season, having been released by Oxford United.
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Anya's father is a Nigerian research scientist of the Igbo ethnic group and his mother a Romanian economist. The couple met while studying in Bucharest. After finishing their studies, his parents moved to Scotland in the late 1980s for his father to obtain his doctorate in metallurgy.
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Eligible to also represent Romania, Nigeria or England internationally, he chose to play for the country of his birth, Scotland. He received his first cap for the Scottish national team on 6 September 2013, coming off the bench in a 2–0 defeat to Belgium and scored his first international goal four days later in Scotland's following match away to Macedonia.
Watford have sold winger Ikechi Anya to Championship side Derby County for an undisclosed fee, the club announced on Wednesday.
His performances in the youth team ensured that he was well talked about within the club, enough that he was given the number 28 shirt by then manager Tony Adams for the match at Southend United on 11 September 2004, becoming the club's youngest ever player at the age of 16.
He was released in the summer of 2007 and signed for Oxford City, before being snapped up in January 2008 by Halesowen Town. In the summer of 2008 he joined the Glenn Hoddle Academy and his contract expired in the summer of 2010.
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The 28-year-old Scotland international, who can also play at full-back, has signed a four-year deal with the Rams, arriving at the iPro Stadium for an undisclosed fee.
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Anya helped Watford achieve promotion to the Premier League in the 2014-15 campaign, featuring in 35 matches and scoring seven goals that season.
The 28-year-old, capped 21 times by Scotland, has signed a three-year contract with Nigel Pearson's side.
The 28-year-old made 138 appearances for the club since joining from Spanish side Granada in the summer of 2012.
Anya was loaned to English side Watford for the 2012–13 season. He made his Watford debut as a substitute in the home defeat against Ipswich Town on 21 August 2012. He made his first start and scored his first goal for the club in the home defeat to Bradford City in the second round of the League Cup on 28 August 2012. Anya scored his first league goal for Watford against Blackpool in a 2–2 draw on 24 November 2012.
On 28 February 2009, Anya signed for League One side Northampton Town. He made his debut as coming on as a substitute in the game away to Cheltenham Town on the same day. His first goal for the club came as part of a 3–4 defeat against Swindon Town on 24 March. His second goal came in the 92nd minute of the 3–1 victory at Leyton Orient, his goal wrapping up a victory in the fight against relegation for Northampton which they eventually lost.
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Ikechi Anya (born 3 January 1988) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for English club Derby County and the Scotland national team. A versatile player, he has been fielded in a number of other positions, including winger, wing-back and full-back. Anya has previously played for Wycombe Wanderers and Northampton Town, as well as Spanish sides Celta de Vigo, Sevilla Atlético and Granada.
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A Scotland international, Anya has been capped 20 times by his country. He has scored three goals.
Derby County have completed the signing of Watford winger Ikechi Anya, the Championship club have announced.
Anya signed for Celta Vigo in July 2010 after his contract with the Glenn Hoddle Academy expired. On 13 July 2011, Anya signed a three-year contract with newly promoted La Liga side Granada. He was then loaned out to Cádiz for the season.
Anya was born in Glasgow, Scotland and spent his early childhood in the Castlemilk area. His mother, Mariena, states that as a boy Anya "was kicking a ball in front of the house where he grew up in Glasgow from morning till night as a very young boy." The family moved to Oxford when he was seven years old after his father got a job at the University of Oxford. Anya maintained his fondness for Scotland, stating that whenever Scotland played England he would cheer "Come on Scotland".
Anya will link up with former Hornet Matej Vydra, who signed for Nigel Pearson's side last weekend.
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Like Russell Martin, he committed his short-term future to the club, signing a two-year deal in June 2005 and whilst at Wycombe won Apprentice of the Year at the inaugural Football League Awards in 2006.
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Derby have also signed ex-Leicester and Shrewsbury goalkeeper Chris Weale, 34, following his summer release by Yeovil.
Anya, Ikechi - Derby (ENG)
On August 31st 2016, Anya signed a 4 year contract with Derby County. Anya scored his first goal for the club in a 1-1 draw with Bristol City on 17 September 2016.
Northampton manager Stuart Gray was keen to re-sign Anya on a long-term deal at the end of the season, but on 7 July 2009, he joined Sevilla Atlético, the reserve side of Sevilla, on a two-year contract.
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:21, 17 September 2016 (UTC).