Watford striker Odion Ighalo is close to a China move
It is thought a deal is “very close” between Watford and another club, understood to be Chongchun Yatai of China.
Odion Ighalo’s agent had also spoken to another Chinese club Hebei Fortune in a bid to force a move away from Vicarage Road.
The Nigeria international is out of favour under Watford manager Walter Mazzarri and wants to leave.
Mazzarri, speaking ahead of Watford’s defeat to Millwall on Sunday, said: ‘With Odion Ighalo we know there are some offers, but it is still too early to say anything.
‘I just heard now there is a very important (bid), but again we will evaluate in the next days. I don’t like to say all the details, because I don’t know them, but I know there is more than one, and there might be one from China.
‘Ighalo was always a very important player for this team, but there are times where a player can end its time with one club and make a decision on their career. These are decisions that are from the club, and from the players, and there is not much we can do about it.’
Ighalo has scored 36 league goals for the Hornets in 72 appearances since he joined in the summer of 2014.
The goals, however, started to dry up last season but Mazzarri can’t put his finger on where it all went so wrong,
He added: ‘I know that in the second half of last season, he is a player that didn’t do well, and didn’t perform as well as he did at the beginning.
‘So the player I received was not the same as in the first half of last season. It was already some time that he had not been performing so well, but I don’t know the reasons why.’