West Bromwich Albion’s £17m bid for Watford striker Odion Ighalo is not enough to secure his move to the Midlands, according to The Mirror.
The London club have reportedly told the Baggies to significantly up their initial offer as they have no plans on selling the Nigerian for a snippet of the offers they received over the past 12 months.
In January 2016, Manchester United had a £35m bid rejected, whilst Shanghai SIPD saw their £37.5m offer thrown out, last summer, due to Ighalo’s reluctance to move to China.
Ighalo has seriously dipped in form this year, with just six goals in all competitions during 2016, however, despite this, it’s thought Tony Pulis is keen to take the forward to the Hawthorns and partner him with Salomon Rondon.
Albion may end up having to pay closer to £25m if they’re serious about securing the signature of the 27-year-old and Watford would also need a replacement if they were to let him go.
Walter Mazzarri is planning on including Ighalo in his squad for the Hornets’ game with Bournemouth this weekend.
At the moment he will travel with the team this weekend, and I don’t want the transfer market to distract my players. They have to focus only on the colours of the Watford shirt.
The club has provided specific goals at the start of the season – it’s up to them to decide on transfer strategy. Of course the club can do as they wish.
This one could feasibly linger on until deadline day.