Serie A striker reveals Watford interest

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Udinese striker Odion Ighalo has confirmed that Watford are among the clubs attempting to secure his service.

The Nigerian forward is owned by Udinese, but has spent a successful spell on loan at sister club Granada in La Liga since 2009. However, following just two starts in the 2013/14 season, the 24-year old, who is contracted until 2015, has revealed that a selection of clubs are interested in his signature, including the third Pozzo family owned club, Watford.

Speaking to Nigerian media outlet SL10, Ighalo said: "Yes, Watford want me but I am still waiting to see what's best for me because there is still time to decide."

The players agent, Atta Aneke, also confirmed that there is interest in the player from a selection of clubs based throughout Europe, not just England or Spain, his current location.

He said: "That's what we are working towards, to have several options. There's no concrete country right now but he is a player that is interesting to several leagues."

''We are willing to listen to offers from different leagues, not just Spain or England.''

A move to the United Kingdom is much more accessible for the player now, as, having been based in Italy since 2008, he has been issued an Italian passport, circumventing the strict work permit restrictions held by the English Football Association.

A move to Watford would also be beneficial for the club as well as the player, as the fee required to acquire his services would be transferred amongst the Pozzo family, including back to Watford - making any business all but moneyless.

It has been a tough year for Watford, struggling in mid-table Championship obscurity for the length of the season, and, with the knowledge that leading scorer Troy Deeney is wanted by a selection of Premier League clubs, a move for Ighalo could be the push required to kick on next season. For the player, a move to England could be the catalyst to further his career and receive a potential call up to the Nigeria national team. At the age of 24, he still has his best years ahead of him, and he could be one of many men to lead Watford back into the Premier League.

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