Report: Newcastle to rival West Brom for 17-goal Football League hotshot

Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion reportedly both want Odion Ighalo after his impressive spell with Watford.

Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion are both chasing Watford striker Odion Ighalo, according to a report in the Sunday People, quoted by the Hull Daily Mail.

Ighalo has been in scintillating form with the Championship outfit and his performances appear to have attracted the attention of Premier League sides.

The Nigerian striker has notched 17 times in 29 games this campaign and he is unlikely to come cheap, but Newcastle and West Brom apparently feel he would be a good addition.

The 25-year-old is blessed with pace, power and a clinical finish and his displays in the Championship have already proven he has the capabilities to cope with the demands of English football. 

Impact for Newcastle?

Newcastle are on the hunt for a striker and Ighalo's addition would be a step in the right direction, considering his goalscoring record.

Although there may be doubts over whether he is the sort of player who could dramatically increase the Magpies' attacking threat, Ighalo would at least arrive at St. James' Park with experience of English football.

A number of the Mapgies' signings recently have been brought in from abroad and they have struggled with the transition, but Ighalo should have no such problems.

The difficulty from the transfer could arise in the fact that Watford are in the thick of a promotion battle and if they can make it into the Premier League they are unlikely to be keen on selling their main striker. 

Impact for West Brom?

Like Newcastle, West Brom are thought to be on the hunt for a striker, but their need for one is arguably less urgent. 

The Baggies have Ideye Brown and Saido Berahino who have both been in good form of late and they seem to have more natural goalscorers in their squad than Newcastle.

Ighalo addition would still be a good one, though, as he has all the attributes required to make him the perfect addition for a side managed by Tony Pulis. 

Register for NEWCASTLE UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch