Odion Ighalo has been a revelation for Watford in the Premier League this season and a number of big European clubs are monitoring the in-form Nigeria international as a result.
The 26-year-old has scored 14 of Watford’s 25 Premier League goals this season and Quique Sánchez Flores will be desperate to keep him at Vicarage Road at least until the end the 2015-16 campaign.
But Flores and the Watford supporters might be a little disappointed - and concerned - by Ighalo’s latest comments. Speaking to reporters, he has admitted it would be a “dream” to join Manchester United.
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“There has been speculation from Spain and Italy but I’ve played there and now want to play in England,” the African striker was quoted as saying by The Sun. “I don’t think I will be moving but I’m not sure I’d say no if United called.
“They were my team growing up. I loved watching Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke on TV.
“They were my idols and playing at Old Trafford has always been a dream.”
Van Gaal wants a new striker...
Louis van Gaal is understood to be on the lookout for a new striker this month to ensure his Manchester United team secure a top-four finish come the end of the season.
But whether the Dutch coach has any interest in signing Ighalo is currently unclear.
United have been linked with several strikers in recent weeks - including Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy and Everton’s Romelu Lukaku - while it was reported on Wednesday that Adnan Januzaj, who briefly played as a central striker during pre-season, will be returning to Old Trafford after his loan contract with Borussia Dortmund was terminated.
Watford would demand a huge fee for Ighalo
Given Ighalo’s recent form, and the level of interest in the striker, Watford would inevitably demand a huge fee for their in-form forward if Manchester United decided to enter the race for his signature.
For the time being, though, Ighalo’s dream will have to remain a fantasy.
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