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Watford reject huge bid

A bid of £38m has been turned down by Watford for their forward Odion Ighalo with big-spending Shanghai SIPG looking to continue their summer splurge.

Shanghai already have spent £46.1m on former Zenit striker Hulk, but the Chinese club have seen their mega-offer for Ighalo turned down as there are not ready to part ways with their striker.

The Nigerian scored 17 goals in 72 appearances in all competitions last season for the Chinese club and, despite the reports linking him with a move away from Vicarage Road, the Premier League outfit have made their intentions clear by rejecting the offer as according to the Guardian.

Shanghai evidently have great plans in place with former Lazio and England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson currently at the helm, and it continues the big spending sprees that the clubs from China have been on in recent months.

However, it seems as though their deep pockets may not be enough to price some players away from Europe, with Watford looking to hold on to Ighalo despite the size of the fee involved.

It has been a summer of change for the club seeing Walter Mazzarri appointed as Quique Sanchez Flores’s successor, but the club owner Giampaolo Pozzo is clearly keen on keeping his squad together in order to give the Italian tactician the best chance possible to build on their success last year.

Meanwhile, it looks as though they are more focused on strengthening where possible, with Sky Sports reporting that they’ve completed the signing of Granada striker Isaac Success for a club record fee in the region of £12.5m.

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