IGHALO COURTING PREMIER LEAGUE INTEREST

There is reportedly interest from the Premier League in Shanghai Shenhua striker Odion Ighalo, with former club Watford leading a clutch of sides eyeing the 2019 African Footballer of the Year nominee.

Ighalo, 30, has spent three seasons in the Chinese Super League since leaving the Hornets in 2017. In his time in the UK, he scored 39 goals in 99 appearances across the top two tiers of English football.

So far this term, the former Nigeria international, who announced his retirement from the national team after claiming the Golden Boot at the Africa Cup of Nations this past summer, has scored 10 goals in 17 appearances in the CSL. A return to Vicarage Road could lead to an improvement in fortunes in front of goal for Watford; so far this term the club have only found the back of the net nine times in 15 league games.

However, TEAMtalk reports there is also interest from a host of other Premier League sides, with Southampton, Newcastle and Crystal Palace all linked. It is also believed Shanghai Shenhua would be open to a loan deal with an option to buy for the striker who told the BBC he turned down a short-term loan move to Barcelona in January.

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