Report: Watford reject £38m bid for Odion Ighalo

Odion Ighalo celebrates after scoring the second goal for Watford

Watford’s Odion Ighalo has been linked with a move to China.

Odion Ighalo scores the second goal for Watford

According to The Sun, Watford have turned down a £38 million bid for Odion Ighalo.

The report claims that Shanghai SIPG are looking at Ighalo as the ideal man to partner new signing Hulk in their attack, but their latest offer of £38 million was astonishingly turned down by Watford.

The Hornets are looking to strengthen their squad this summer following their successful return to the Premier League last season, finishing in a safe mid-table position.

Watford's Odion Ighalo in action with Liverpool's Martin Skrtel

Former Napoli boss Walter Mazzarri has joined as the club’s new manager this summer as Watford’s owners, the Pozzo family, look to take the club to the next level, and big signings are expected.

Having said that, the club’s success last term has meant that a number of the club’s leading stars have become transfer targets for bigger clubs - no more so than forward Ighalo.

Ighalo joined as an unknown quantity two summers ago, but now he is widely regarded as one of the club’s most talented players after netting 35 goals in his 72 league matches.

Aston Villa's Joleon Lescott in action with Watford's Odion Ighalo

The Nigeria international is now proven at Premier League level, and his success has attracted interest from Chinese Super League side Shanghai as they look to prise away Europe’s leading talent.

Managed by Sven-Goran Eriksson, Shanghai recently broke their transfer record to sign Brazilian striker Hulk, as reported by The Guardian, and they may have to do it again if they wish to make Ighalo their latest big-money acquisition.

Odion Ighalo celebrates after scoring the second goal for Watford

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