Odion Ighalo admits he wanted Premier League stay with West Brom and Crystal Palace interested
By Sky Sports
Last Updated: 05/02/17 10:36am
Odion Ighalo says his first choice was to stay in the Premier League before moving to China - but claims Watford's demands proved too high for West Brom and Crystal Palace.
Igahlo is reported to have agreed a £190,000-a-week deal at Changchun and he admits the money is good for him "on a personal level".
He told The Sun: "When the options came, my priority was to stay in England.
"West Brom came but what Watford wanted made it impossible to go there. Crystal Palace, too, showed strong interest but Watford's demands put them off as well. It was only China that could give them what they wanted.
"On a personal level, it is good money for me but if I had my way I would love to stay in the Premier League.
"I have my family here, the kids are in school here, they have their friends here and getting that stability is never easy when you keep moving your family. But what can we do? Life goes on."
Ighalo joined Watford in 2014 after an initial loan spell and scored 39 goals in 100 appearances for the Hornets.