By Timothy Dehinbo
Odion Ighalo has agreed a five-year contract extension at Watford, according to English media sources.
Ighalo had been a target for West Brom, who are keen to bring in a new striker before allowing Saido Berahino to leave the club.
The Baggies had previously tried to sign West Ham’s Diafra Sakho, but he
failed a medical and the deal fell through, prompting them to consider
Ighalo as an alternative.
Earlier in the summer, Watford rejected a £37.5m bid from Shanghai
SIPGfor the 27-year-old and he has now committed his long-term future to
Ighalo’s previous deal with Watford was not due to expire until 2020 but
the club offered him improved terms to ward off interest from other
teams. His new contract runs until 2021.
The Nigerian forward was one of Watford’s key players last season as he
scored 15 Premier League goals and struck up a highly-productive
partnership with club captain Troy Deeney, who also signed a new
five-year deal last month