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Ighalo admits he could leave Watford for Aston Villa

21 July 2015, 13:44

London - Nigeria striker Jude Odion Ighalo might be set for a move away from Watford after it emerged Aston Villa are weighing up a move as replacement for the outgoing Christian Benteke.

Ighalo, 26, has been very impressive since joining Watford on a permanent basis from Udinese, and helped the Hornets return to the Premier League with 20 goals in the Championship last season. He has also scored six goals in four pre-season games for the club ahead of the new season.

And given the imminent departure of Christian Benteke to Liverpool, reports from England indicates Villa have identified Ighalo as the perfect replacement.

Also read: Ighalo scores 6th pre-season goal for Watford

Speaking to News24 in June, the striker admitted he could leave Watford if a good offer comes, but insisted he would have to speak to Watford to see if a deal can happen.

“I don’t know if I will stay (with Watford) or not because as a striker when you start doing well and scoring goals you start having offers and some offers are coming in now.

“But I have to speak with Watford and know what they want and see how it goes but the fans here love me and they have made me settle in, as well as my teammates and I will be happy to remain but if not, we’ll see what will happen because we have to have a balance,” he said.

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