Newcastle United have been linked with a move for ‘Pozzo’ striker Odion Ighalo.
The then 19 year old striker moved from Norwegian club Lyn to Udinese in 2008 for £1.5m.
Since then he lived a rather strange existence.
The Nigerian striker’s Italian club is owned by the Pozzo family.
After playing a handful of matches for Udinese, he was then loaned out to Spanish club Granada, which is also owned by the Pozzo family.
Following a short spell at Cesena (not owned by the Pozzo family), the forward spent four consecutive years on loan at Granada, though with little success – 6 is the most goals he managed in a La Liga season.
At the end of last season’s latest loan between the clubs, Ighalo returned to Udinese again, without a permanent move.
Pre-season, the Pozzo family decided not to send him yet again to their Spanish club, instead loaning him to Watford, who are owned by the…Pozzo family.
Finally the striker appears to have settled and found his feet.
Despite only starting 17 Championship matches (plus a few as sub), Odion Ighalo has scored 17 goals already – only Ipswich’s Daryl Murphy has scored more.
The shenanigans of his registration continued earlier this season though. Watford terminated his loan deal in October, with Udinese instantly releasing him from his contract there, then Ighalo signing on the dotted line ‘permanently’ for Watford.
Concerns have been raised that this is what Mike Ashley may intend to do with ownership/influence at various clubs, with the five players loaned by Rangers from Newcastle just the start of it.
As well as Newcastle, other Premier League clubs are said to be watching Ighalo, with a £5m price tag speculated to be on his head.