If ever there was a story to convey just how much money is in English football these days, the latest report from Watford is it.
Multiple sources this morning (including the Guardian and Sky Sports) are reporting that the Hornets have received a bid of £37.5m from Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG for striker Odion Ighalo – and have flatly rejected it.
The 27 year old scored 15 goals in 37 appearances in what what his first year in the Premier League last season, forming a deadly partnership with strike partner Troy Deeney.
Indeed, Deeney has also been the subject of a big-money bid – £30m from league champions Leicester City – but Watford are adamant that neither player will be sold this summer.
Igahlo has four years remaining on his current contract, so owner Giampaolo Pozzo is under no pressure or obligation to sell the player. The flat-out refusal by Pozzo to even entertain the bid suggests that the CSL side will probably have to look elsewhere.
SIPG, managed by former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson, this week completed a £46m deal for Brazilian international forward Hulk and wanted Ighalo to partner him up front as they look to secure a place in the AFC Champions League.
Watford, meanwhile, have been busy themselves in the transfer market today. The club have broken their transfer record to complete the signing of Granada forward Isaac Success (in what could turn out to be either the most fitting or ironic surname since Danny Invincible) for £12.5m. Belgian defender Christian Kabasele is also set to sign for the club for around £6m.
Yesterday, they announced that a deal had been officially completed for Liverpool striker Jerome Sinclair.