West Bromwich open Ighalo’s transfer talks with Watford

Odion Ighalo

Odion Ighalo

West Bromwich Albion are in talks to sign Watford striker Odion Ighalo, reports the Watford Observer.

The Baggies wanted to land the Nigerian international last summer and have renewed their interest this month.

Tony Pulis is known to be keen on Ighalo and is understood to have made him a key target in the transfer window.

But the Watford Observer understands talks are at a very early stage and no deal is imminent. It is expected any move could drag on until the end of the month.

Ighalo’s form has nosedived in the last year with just two goals this season and he has failed to score since September’s win at West Ham United.

The striker turned down a £38m move to Shanghai SIPG last summer and has again been linked with a move to China this month.

From a Watford perspective, the chance to sell the 27-year-old before his value plummets even further has to appeal.

But the Hornets would need to bring in a replacement, with Mauro Zarate interesting them this week, which is another factor, which could prolong this transfer.

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