Odion Ighalo rejects big move to Atletico Madrid

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He's been an impressive player for Watford this season, in a campaign which has shown the door to all things that was considered set in stone at the beginning.

In fact, Odion Ighalo is having such an impressive campaign for the Hornets, he has been linked with moves to many so-called 'bigger clubs' within England and abroad.

As reported by the Sun, have claimed that Atletico Madrid are one of the latest clubs interested in the Nigerian striker, who is currently third in the top goalscorer charts in the Premier League with 14.


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A source close to Ighalo said: “Atletico have watched him five times already this season and are desperate to take him to Madrid. They have practically offered to double his wages, with big bonuses added on.

“He remains their top priority and they have refused to go away even though he has twice told them ‘no’.”

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However, it is also reported that the player has told the Spanish giants that he wants to stay in the Premier League, which is good news to the Watford and their fans alike, having signed a five-year deal with the club in September.

Ighalo has consistently performed for the Vicarage Road club, scoring 30 league goals in 2015 - including the 14 this season in the top-flight - more than any other player within the top-four tiers of football. This incredible feat will no doubt increase the striker's stock value, with Atletico reportedly preparing a £12 million move.

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The 26-year-old's career started off in Nigeria before being spotted by a FIFA agent, who recommended him to Lyn in Norway and subsequently impressed during a trial to seal a contract with the Scandinavians.

After Lyn, he signed for Udinese where he was loaned out to Granada twice before eventually making the move to current club Watford.

Despite initially joining the Hornets on loan, Ighalo signed permanently when his contract at Udinese wasn't extended in 2014.

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