Watford have confirmed Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo’s move to Chinese Super League side Changchun Yatai on a permanent deal.

Ighalo’s move to China which is reported to be around £20m and has been on for weeks now, was confirmed by Watford on their website on Tuesday following successful medicals.

Aside from Changchun Yatai, there were reported interests from Premier League side West Bromwich Albion.

“The Hornets can confirm that Odion Ighalo has agreed a permanent move to Changchun Yatai,” Watford wrote on their website Tuesday night.

“The 27-year-old striker joins the Chinese Super League outfit after two-and-a-half years at Vicarage Road.

“Ighalo scored 39 goals in 100 appearances during that time, including 20 as Watford secured promotion to the Premier League in 2014/15, and 17 during the club’s first campaign back in the top-flight.

“The Nigerian international initially arrived on loan from Granada in July 2014, a move which was made permanent three months later.

“All at Watford FC thank Odion for his contributions to the club, and wish him the best of luck for his future career.”

The Nigeria striker spoke to Sky Sports News late Tuesday night, as monitored by Newslegend.ng.com, about his move to China.

“People say its all about money, money, money. Yes, money is good but I tell you something. Two years ago, I received an offer far more than what I’m being offered now,” the striker said as he managed to try not to betray his emotions.

Meanwhile Super Eagles defender Elderson Echiejile has joined Spanish LaLiga side Sporting Gijon on loan from French
side AS Monaco until the end of the season.

Sporting Gijon confrimed Elderson’s loan move on their website on Tuesday night.

Elderson, 29, who initially joined Standard Liege on loan in the summer, becomes Gijon’s third January signing
following the capture of Mikel Vesga and Lacina Traoré.

“Elderson Echiejile is an experienced international player who, after a brief stint at Standard de Liège, has joined
Sporting till the end of the 2016-2017 season thanks to a transfer agreement with AS Monaco, Owner of the player,”
Sporting Gijon wrote in a statement on their website.

“Elderson will travel to Gijón tomorrow (Wednesday) to carryout his medical examinations on Thursday to allow him to
join the Rubi squad.

“With Elderson’s incorporation in the team, Sporting closes their winter signings, after inclusions of Mikel Vesga
and Lacina Traoré.”