Report: Manchester United lead Odion Ighalo race

Timothy Fosu-Mensah of Manchester United and Odion Ighalo of Watford battle for the ball on March 2, 2016
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The battle to recruit £20m-rated Watford centre-forward Odion Ighalo at the end of the season is reportedly being won by Manchester United at the moment.

Manchester United are reportedly the current frontrunners in the race to sign Watford striker Odion Ighalo in the summer.

Despite having scored just one Premier League goal in 2016, overall the Nigerian has impressed during his debut season in the top flight by finding the net 14 times for the Hornets.

Such form has captured the attention of the Red Devils, who have set aside £20m to secure the 26-year-old's services, according to The People.

The report adds that United officials plan to push ahead with the move, regardless of whether manager Louis van Gaal keeps hold of his job at Old Trafford.

However, it is believed that the Red Devils will face competition for Ighalo's signature from rivals Arsenal.

The frontman recently spurned a number of chances as United recorded a 1-0 victory over Watford.

Juan Mata of Manchester United on the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Sunderland at Old Trafford on September 26, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom.
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