Ighalo Linked With Move To China For The THIRD Time
Posted by Kieran Cross | Published on January 5, 2017
Out of form Watford striker Odion Ighalo has been linked with a move to the rising Chinese Super League, according to reports from Sky Sports.
The Nigerian international is a target for super-rich Chinese team Shanghai Shenhua, and a move in the January transfer window could be on the cards.
After an incredible start to his Watford career, Ighalo’s form dropped off in 2016 and he has since failed to reach the heights of the beginning of his time at Vicarage Road.
This decline in form has seen manager Walter Mazzarri drop him in favour of Isaac Success and Stefano Okaka.
However, due to Watford’s injury problems, Ighalo has started the past five Premier League matches, although he has continued to struggle in front of goal.
This lack of confidence in front of goal has seen the Nigerian net only twice in 18 appearances in all competitions for the Hornets.
Ighalo’s shocking form will surely have Mazarri considering the best option for the club, and if a big money offer comes in from Asia, the Italian will surely have to accept.
The 27 year old striker was the subject of a gargantuan £37.5 million offer in the Summer from Shanghai Shenhua’s Super League rivals SIPG, although Watford turned this down. Ighalo was later rewarded with a new Watford contract in August, although his form never returned to the heights of his incredible hot streak in 2015 and early 2016.
Ighalo could link up with former Manchester United and Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez who recently joined the Asian outfit. The Argentine is reportedly earning £600,000 a week playing in the Super League after moving from boyhood club Boca Juniors.
Hebai Fortune China are another Super League team reportedly interested in the Nigerian.