London - Odion Ighalo has joined English Championship side
Watford from Spain's Granada.
The 25 year-old forward, who leaves after five years in
Spain, passed a medical and signed a one-year-loan-deal with his new club on
Ighalo has spent the last five seasons on-loan at Granada
from Udinese, and now continues at Watford.
All three clubs are owned by Italian businessman Giampaolo
Pozzo, who also owns Romanian club Rapid Bucharest.
The forward bagged 17 goals in 27 games as Granada topped
Segunda B in 2009/10 and since then has played regularly for the Spanish side
in the Segunda Division and the top tier – Primera Division – following
Granada’s promotion in 2010/11.
Following his move, Ighalo penned an emotional statement to
"Now that I have just signed for Watford, I want to
thank the president, board of directors, colleagues and staff of Granada CF,
their great fans and this marvellous city. From the very first day I arrived
here, they have made me feel at home.
“It’s difficult for me after five seasons, knowing that I
won’t be at the club for the next season. It’s also difficult explaining to my
sons that their father has to change teams and won’t be playing at Granada, a
club with whom they feel identified with and even though they’re only young.
“I also leave behind great friends, who I won’t forget.
“The greatest thing that I take with me in my heart, is
knowing that I leave this great team in the Primera, which was always my
challenge from the first day I stepped on the pitch at Nuevo Los Cármenes.
“I feel very proud to have achieved something very important
in the footballing world, which was achieving two consecutive promotions and
I’ll never forget how well I’ve been treated, both by the club and the fans I
encountered, every time I walked down the street…
“I will always feel a part of Granada and wherever I am,
I’ll be following the games as another fan and whenever I can, I’ll be back to
“Finally, I thank God for giving me this great opportunity
and hope that life takes me down new paths, achieving the same success I’ve
enjoyed here, because although I’ll be many miles from Granada, it will always
be my second home."
Ighalo has previously played for Lyn Oslo in
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