Manchester United transfer news: Odion Ighalo admits 'dream' Old Trafford move

The Watford striker has scored 14 goals in 20 appearances for his side this season

Mark Critchley
Thursday 07 January 2016 17:54 GMT
Watford striker Odion Ighalo
Watford striker Odion Ighalo (Getty Images)

Watford striker Odion Ighalo has ruled out a move abroad but admitted that he would find it hard to turn down an offer from Manchester United.

The 26-year-old has been in excellent form for the Hornets this term, scoring 14 goals in 20 appearances for the club.

Ighalo’s exploits are rumoured to have caught the attention of Atletico Madrid and Roma but the Nigerian international wishes to stay put at Vicarage Road, unless he is given the opportunity to move to Old Trafford.

"There has been speculation from Spain and Italy but I've played there and now want to play in England," he told 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."

Ighalo, who signed a five-year contract with Watford in September, is set to be rested by manager Quique Sanchez Flores for this weekend’s FA Cup clash against Newcastle United.

Last month, the former Valencia head coach praised his striker’s decision to commit his future to the club and reiterated that Vicarage Road is the best home for his talents.

"I think Ighalo is completely clever, he chose five months ago the option to stay here with Watford,” said Flores in December.

"He chose to stay here because he imagined something special for him.

"It's very clever, he knew perfectly it was the best option for him. I think he'll finish the season with Watford, after that anybody knows."

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