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David Sullivan wanted Odion Ighalo at West Ham and now striker signals intent to return to Premier League
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David Sullivan wanted Odion Ighalo at West Ham and now striker signals intent to return to Premier League

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West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan has made no secret of his admiration for former Watford striker Odion Ighalo in the past.

The Nigerian striker scored 39 goals in 99 games for Watford over three seasons.

His form spiked the interest of a number of clubs including West Ham but he eventually moved to China in a mega money deal.

Sullivan admitted previously he wanted to bring Ighalo to West Ham after his brilliant debut season in the Premier League at Vicarage Road where he scored 17 goals (Reuters).

Ighalo has always maintained his first choice was to stay in the Premier League.

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Ighalo a 1 in 2 striker

But Chinese club Changchun Yatai were the only club to meet Watford’s asking price.

Now after a goal-laden couple of seasons in China, where he has scored 36 goals in 55 games, Ighalo has told Sky Sports News he wants to come back.

And that could grab the attention of Hammers chief Sullivan.

The club owner still leads West Ham’s transfer dealings despite making fundamental changes to the club’s recruitment processes in the summer and appointing a director of football to appease angry fans.

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Pellegrini at striker crossroads

Whether West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini would want the 29-year-old striker is another matter.

The Chilean manager is at something of a crossroads over his striker options in East London.

Andy Carroll’s contract is up in the summer and he doesn’t suit the Chilean’s desired style of play.

Both Lucas Perez and Javier Hernandez have failed to establish themselves and have been linked with moves away.

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Origi and Munir latest linked

And that has meant an over reliance on wantaway Marko Arnautovic who reportedly wants a mega money move to China (Sky Sports).

A move for Inter Milan outcast Gabriel Barbosa failed due to the inability to obtain the necessary work permit.

Pellegrini has also been linked with Liverpool’s Divock Origi and Barcelona’s Munir El Haddadi – read more here.