Chelsea are keeping their tabs on Watford striker Odion Ighalo.

The 26-year-old forward has netted 13 times in 23 appearances for the promoted Hornets this term and even finished as the top scorer for 2015 calendar year with 30 goals.

Chelsea are one of several teams have been a fan of the Nigerian’s performance in his first Premier League season.

The Blues already have set their target set on a number of strikers for a short-term move this January but Hiddink is very much interested to see whether Ighalo could be tempted for a summer switch.

The Watford forward, whose goals actually guided Watford into the Premier League, last year, has shown a consistent strength and composure in front of goal which has attracted a number of clubs.

Ighalo has already been tracked by Spanish title contenders Atletico Madrid and Serie A giants Roma and considering EPL clubs, the Blues will face tough challenge from Arsenal if they want to land the young striker.

The Gunners have also got Borussia Dortmund striker Aubameyang in their transfer short-list but the German side have tagged a £60million price-tag on the lethal attacker but the Hornets marksman remains a cut-price alternative.

However, the Nigerian himself claims he is not in a hurry to leave and the Hornets also made it clear they will not let the star player go this month, but Watford are well aware that they will face a fresh battle to keep him when the season ends.

Despite signing a new five year contract back in September; Ighalo recently admitted he could yet be open to make a switch to a top club if the price matches. Last week, he even said that a transfer to Manchester United will be a “dream” come true for him.

“There has been speculation from Spain and Italy but I’ve played there and now want to play in England,” he told the Sun.

“I don’t think I will be moving but I’m not sure I’d say no if United called.

“They were my team growing up. I loved watching Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke on TV.

“They were my idols and playing at Old Trafford has always been a dream.”

Chelsea on the other hand, believed to be planning a revamp in their attack this summer.

According to ongoing rumours, Atletico will try to bring back Diego Costa following a controversial second season in the top flight of English football, Loic Remy is expected to leave Stamford Bridge looking for a regular first-team football and Colombian striker Radamel Falcao might return to Monaco when his season-long loan spell ends.

 

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