Watford have confirmed the loan signing of Udinese striker Odion Ighalo, according to the Hornets’ official website.

The 25-year-old Nigerian signs for 12 months after spending the last few years on loan at Spanish side Granada  where he netted 35 goals in 128 appearances, helping them achieve promotion to La Liga.

Having failed to ever hold down a regular spot at Udinese, the striker is happy to join Watford after watching them last season.

“I am happy, since I first got the call from the president I’ve been very happy. It’s a good opportunity to help the team gain promotion to the Premier League,” he said, speaking to Hornets Player

“Two seasons ago I watched the Play-Offs when they almost gained promotion and even last season, I’ve been watching their games a lot and they’re a good team. I’m here to help the team, to do my best and make sure we work hard and gain promotion.

“I’m here to put on a Watford shirt now. I have to defend this jersey until the last minute and until we get our promotion.”

Watford and Udinese are both owned by Giampaolo Pozzo and fans of the Hornets will be hoping that Ighalo can form a perfect partnership with Troy Deeney, should the club manage to hold onto their top scorer.


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