Ighalo keen on Prem move
Udinese striker Odion Ighalo has set his sights on a dream move to England, amid reports Swansea City are interested in the Nigerian.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 23/07/12 2:36pm
Highly-rated Udinese striker Odion Ighalo has set his sights on a dream move to England, amid reports Swansea City are interested in the Nigerian.
The 23-year-old caught the eye last term whilst playing for Spanish outfit Granada in La Liga on a season-long loan and he scored six times.
The Serie A club are keen to utilise the pacey striker this term, but Ighalo says that the chance to play in the Premier League would be an opportunity too good to refuse.
"My agent has told me that there are a few clubs interested in me and hopefully something will happen shortly," Ighalo told Sky Sports.
"I'm still a Udinese player, so it is up to them whether I am allowed to join on loan or leave permanently, but I believe that if a reasonable offer is made they will let me go.
"They will be playing in the Champions League next season and they want me to play for them, but my dream is to play in England and hopefully they won't stand in my way if that opportunity arises for me.
"One of the clubs that I have heard are interested is Swansea because the coach there knows me from my time in Spain.
"Michael Laudrup was in charge of Mallorca last season and so he knows me and has already brought a few Spanish-based players in already with Michu and Jonathan De Guzman.
"Laudrup would be a good coach to play for because of the way he approaches the game and the challenge of playing in England would be great."
The former Nigeria youth international helped Granada gain consecutive promotions having played in Spain for the past three seasons, but he is confident of adapting his game to the rigours of the Premier League.
He added: "I've played in La Liga and have experienced the culture and football that the country has to offer, but I now want a different challenge.
"Friends and team-mates have told me how good the Premier League is and I'm really looking forward to making it happen before the transfer window closes.
"I'm confident that I could adapt to playing in the Premier League and I really hope that my dream comes true."