Report: West Brom plot ambitious move for Watford's Odion Ighalo

Odion Ighalo celebrates after scoring the second goal for Watford

West Bromwich Albion have been linked with Watford’s Odion Ighalo.

Odion Ighalo scores the second goal for Watford

According to The Mirror, West Bromwich Albion are plotting an ambitious move to sign Watford striker Odion Ighalo.

The report claims that West Brom boss Tony Pulis believes the Watford man is available this summer and has identified him as an ideal replacement for Stoke City target Saido Berahino.

The Baggies are all-but set to lose Berahino, as the England international’s contract at the Hawthorns expires in 12 months time and the club do not wish to risk missing out on a potential transfer fee.

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

While Berahino didn’t exactly have the best of campaigns last term, he will still represent a big void to fill and West Brom must make sure they compensate for his loss with a goal scoring replacement.

Ighalo certainly fits the bill, having scored 35 league goals for the Hornets over the past two seasons.

However, the Hertfordshire club value him extremely highly and, if recent reports from The Mirror are to be believed, then they astonishingly rejected a £37.5 million bid from a Chinese club over the past few days.

Bournemouth's Harry Arter in action with Watford's Odion Ighalo

That sort of figure suggests West Brom are rather ambitious in their attempts to prize Ighalo away from Vicarage Road, and as such they may be better off turning to other prospects.

The report goes on to say that Manchester United have also shown an interest in the Watford man, but since the middle of last season any talk of a potential move to Old Trafford has gone quiet.

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

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