Barcelona are keeping tabs on former Watford striker Odion Ighalo

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde

Barcelona are knowingly in the market for a new striker.

Luis Suarez is approaching the end of his illustrious career and Munir looks set to leave the club this month.

They are the only real striking options available to Ernesto Valverde right now, with Ousmane Dembele, Malcom and Philippe Coutinho all primarily wide players.

Barca have spent big in recent transfer windows bringing in the likes of Dembele, Coutinho, Arturo Vidal and Clement Lenglet.

As such, the club are looking for a cut-price option in this window instead of flexing their financial muscle once again.

Chelsea's Alvaro Morata has been linked with a loan switch to the Blaugrana, but Barca's search has now taken it's most unexpected turn yet.

According to Catalan publication Sport, Barca are now keeping tabs on former Watford striker Odion Ighalo.

The Nigerian striker completed a move to Chinese side Changchun Yatai back in 2017 and was included in Nigeria's squad for the summer World Cup.

Barca have monitored the player ever since his days in Spain with Granada, where he spent the 2009/10 season on loan.

Ighalo with Nigeria

At 29, Ighalo would certainly be a short-term fix for the club, allowing Suarez to be rested so he is fresh for the key La Liga and Champions League games this season.

After Barca's 5-1 win over Real Madrid back in October - when Suarez scored a hat-trick - the Uruguayan said he understands why the club are looking for a new striker.

"I am happy for the goals but they don't make me feel the best striker in the World. I know I am 31 and I understand if Barcelona are looking for another striker," Suarez said, per Calcio Mercato.

"When people said I was too fat and old after the Spanish Supercup in August I started to work hard. Probably they didn't think I was coming back from the World Cup, I wasn't as fit as my team-mates because I had started traning later than them."

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