Watford boss ‘loves’ Ighalo to Arsenal rumours

Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores has brushed off the latest reports linking Odion Ighalo with Arsenal, saying he "loves speculation".

The Nigerian striker has been one of the stars of the season in the English Premier League, scoring 14 goals to help Watford to ninth in the standings with only 12 games still to go.

Naturally some of the bigger clubs have been linked with him with Manchester United reportedly showing interest during the January transfer window, but nothing came of it.

Arsenal are the latest to keep tabs on the forward with the Mirror reporting they are prepared to make a £20million move in the summer.

However, Flores has laughed off the latest reports, telling the Evening Standard: "He is one of the best strikers in the division so [speculation] is very normal.

"It's good. I love speculation for all the players in the squad.

"It means the performance of the team is good, every teams want players of Watford so we are doing something well and it's good news for our team."

Meanwhile, the Hornets manager has also confirmed he won't stand in Ighalo's way if he wants to play for Nigeria in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

"It depends on the players also. Some players want to go to the Olympic games, other players prefer to rest," the Spaniard said.

"It depends, but finally if the decision of the player is that he wants to go, I am happy."