Watford Rejects £37.5m Ighalo Bid

Watford have rejected a £37.5m bid from Shanghai SIPG for Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo, according to sources.

Shanghai  coach Sven-Goran Eriksson is keen to partner the Nigeria international up front with Brazilian striker Hulk, who joined the big-spending Chinese club in a £46m deal on Thursday.

Odion Ighalo of Watford celebrates scoring his team's second goal with his team mates during the Barclays Premier League match between Watford and Norwich City
Odion Ighalo of Watford celebrates scoring his team’s second goal with his team mates during the Barclays Premier League match between Watford and Norwich City

Ighalo, capped 11 times by his country, has scored 37 goals in 63 appearances since joining Watford from Spanish side Granada in May 2014. Watford also initially rejected a £25m bid from premier league champions, Leicester city for Ighalo’s strike partner, Troy Deeney as they look to keep all their best players ahead of the new season.

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And sources also understand Hornets boss Walter Mazzarri, who is understood to have broken the club’s transfer record to sign Ighalo’s compatriot Isaac Success from Granada for £12.5m, is close to completing the signing of Belgian centre-back Christian Kabasele from Genk.

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