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Udinese striker Odion Ighalo, who has spent the last five years on loan at Granada, says Watford are interested in signing him this summer
Udinese striker Odion Ighalo says Watford are interested in signing him but admits he is yet to make a decision on his future.
The Watford Observer reported last week that the Hornets were considering a move for the 24-year-old Nigerian.
He has spent the last five years on loan at Spanish club and fellow Pozzo-owned side Granada and has become a fans’ favourite at Los Cármenes.
However, a move to England is a possibility this summer and Ighalo would avoid the UK’s strict work permit requirements as he was issued with an Italian passport two months ago.
''Yes Watford want me but I am still waiting to see what's best for me because there is still time to decide,” Ighalo told SL10.ng.
His agent, Atta Aneke, claims the striker is an attractive prospect for clubs in a number of leagues.
''That's what we are working towards, to have several options,” Aneke told SL10.ng. “There's no concrete country right now but he is a player that is interesting to several leagues.
''We are willing to listen to offers from different leagues, not just Spain or England.''
Ighalo started his career at Prime and then Julius Berger in his native Nigeria before joining Lyn in Norway in 2007 at the age of 18.
His nine goals in 20 games during his first year in Norway persuaded Udinese to sign the striker.
He made one start and four substitute appearances for the Italian club before his affinity with Granada began the following season.
Ighalo netted 17 goals as Granada secured promotion back to the Spanish second division for the first time in 22 years via the play-offs.
He started the 2010/11 campaign on loan at Serie A side Cesena but was unable to secure regular football and after four appearances was loaned back to Granada.
Ighalo only scored five goals in 25 outings for Granada that season but one of those was a fine solo effort in the play-off final which secured promotion to La Liga.
Six goals in 30 outings followed during both of the next two campaigns and he scored four in 18 appearances last season.
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