Report: Arsenal and Manchester United to battle for Watford star

Odion Ighalo could join the Gunners or the Red Devils in the summer as the Hornets line up a replacement.

Watford striker Odion Ighalo has been told that he is free to leave the club in the summer with the Hornets lining up a replacement and Premier League clubs including Arsenal and Manchester United vying for his signature, according to the Mirror.

The Nigerian has been one of the revelations of this season in the Premier League following the Hornets' promotion, scoring 14 goals in 26 matches after hitting 20 in the Championship in the previous campaign.

His consistent scoring form has led to persistent rumours about a move away from Vicarage Road, and it is thought that the club are now resigned to losing their star man.

The Mirror claims that Watford are hoping to secure a pre-contract agreement for Granada striker Isaac Success to replace Ighalo in the summer before allowing their top scorer to move on.

The 20-year-old compatriot of Ighalo has netted four times for the La Liga club this season and is considered to be a bright talent for the future.

The London club's owner Gino Pozzo is the son of Granada owner Giampaolo Pozzo, and Quique Sanchez Flores's side are hopeful that this will enable them to tie up a deal before the transfer window opens in the summer.

The report suggests that would allow the club to listen to offers of around £12 million for Ighalo, with Arsenal and United leading the chase for his signature.

Ighalo's goals have helped to lift Watford to ninth in the Premier League table, with the 26-year-old having scored almost half of the club's league total of 29.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch