​Misfiring Watford striker Odion Ighalo is the subject of interest from clubs in China's Super League again, according to ​Sky Sports.

The Hornets attacker is said to be a potential January target for Shanghai Shenhua, and a big-money move could be forthcoming for the Nigeria international in the coming weeks.

Ighalo has failed to hit the heights that saw him one of the Premier League's most feared marksmen last term and, until recently, had seen his first-team place under Watford boss Walter Mazzarri handed to other squad players such as Isaac Success and Stefano Okaka.

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Thanks to injuries to his fellow Watford squad members, Ighalo has started the past five league matches, but has continued to struggle in front of goal, having only found the net twice in 18 matches in all competitions for the Hertfordshire-based outfit.

His alarming drop in performance levels appears to have left Mazzarri wondering if the 27-year-old will ever rediscover his best form for the Hornets, and Shenhua appear ready to make the best of a bad situation and entice Igahlo to the cash-rich Far East football league.

Ighalo was the subject of intense speculation over a summer move to China's Super League, with Shenhua's city rivals SIPG reportedly close to luring him away from England's top flight. However, Watford allegedly rejected a mammoth £37.5m bid for his services, and rewarded Ighalo for his displays in 2015/16 by handing him a new five-year deal in August.

Hebai Fortune China have also been linked with an apparent transfer for the ex-Udinese and Granada forward, but it is Shenhua - who are chasing him for the third time - who are in pole position to take advantage of any possible situation concerning Ighalo's future at Vicarage Road.

In the event that he joins SIPG, Ighalo would team up with former Manchester United star Carlos Tevez, who is reportedly earning a staggering £600,000-a-week with the Chinese side.

Ighalo has notched 40 goals in 98 appearances since a 2014 summer move from Udinese.

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