Watford have been forced to turn down a £37.5million bid from Shanghai SIPG for Odion Ighalo – because the striker does not want to go to China.
The Hornets were left reeling by the massive bid for the Nigeria international – who scored 17 goals last season – with Shanghai’s ex-England boss Sven Goran Eriksson keen to land him.
It is the second time in a year that the 27-year-old has rejected interest from the Chinese Super League.
Last summer, he rejected a £300,000-a-week deal with Qinhuangdao-based Hebei China Fortune, and instead went on to sign a five-year deal with his Hertfordshire club.
Ighalo said in February: “I prayed about it, and God said it was not for me, no matter how much money it was.
“I knew God would direct me.
“When I said I don’t want to go, they offered me more money — almost £300,000 a week. I told them it’s not about the money.”