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Quique Sanchez Flores welcomes Odion Ighalo to Arsenal talk

Quique Sanchez Flores revels in seeing his Watford players linked with bigger clubs.

Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores has admitted that he loves to see his players linked with big moves away from the club.

Speculation has mounted that the Hornets face a fight to retain the services of star striker Odion Ighalo, who is thought to have earned an admirer in Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Ighalo has enjoyed an excellent first season in the Premier League, netting 14 goals - 15 in all competitions - to help Flores's men occupy a very respectable ninth place in the table.

Many managers have nothing good to say about the rumour mill due to its destabilising qualities, but the Spaniard welcomes speculation, noting that it is a barometer for how well his players are performing.

He told reporters at a press conference, via Goal.com: "He is one of the best strikers in the division so [speculation] is very normal," Flores told reporters on Thursday.

"It's good. I love speculation for all the players in the squad. It means the performance of the team is good, every teams want players of Watford so we are doing something well and it's good news for our team."

Ighalo, whose contract at Vicarage Road expires in 2020, is reported to be worth up to £20 million following his impressive maiden stint in England's top flight.

The 26-year-old Nigerian, who joined the Londoners in 2014, has not scored in his last three outings, but he will bid to rekindle his goal-laden form when Watford host Bournemouth on Saturday.

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