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Udinese striker Odion Ighalo claims Swansea City are interested

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: July 24, 2012

Laudrup worked with Ighalo at Mallorca

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NIGERIAN striker Odion Ighalo claims Swansea City will offer him a starring role in the Premier League next season.

Udinese frontman Ighalo has spent the majority of the last three seasons on loan with Spanish outfit Granada and scored six goals in La Liga last season.

Now the 23-year-old wants to try his luck in English football — and says Swansea are ready to give him a chance.

"My agent has told me that there are a few clubs interested in me and hopefully something will happen shortly," Ighalo said.

"I'm still a Udinese player, so it is up to them whether I am allowed to join on loan or leave permanently, but I believe that if a reasonable offer is made they will let me go.

"They will be playing in the Champions League next season and they want me to play for them, but my dream is to play in England and hopefully they won't stand in my way if that opportunity arises for me.

"One of the clubs that I have heard are interested is Swansea because the coach there knows me from my time in Spain.

"Michael Laudrup was in charge of Mallorca last season and so he knows me and has already brought a few Spanish-based players in already with Michu and Jonathan De Guzman.

"Laudrup would be a good coach to play for because of the way he approaches the game and the challenge of playing in England would be great."

gareth vincent

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  • HaroldMonk  |  July 24 2012, 8:09PM

    Cant wait to see him at the Vetch..........

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  • PeterHopeful  |  July 24 2012, 6:27PM

    Here are the facts. Played for: Lyn 2007-08 20appearances 9goals Udinese 2008 5 1 Granada 2009-10 26 16 Cesena 2010 3 00 Granada 2011 55 11 Facts are much better to argue with, now make up your own minds.

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  • f1jackarmy  |  July 24 2012, 4:54PM

    Probably the most ridiculous article I've ever read ! Pointless.

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  • Welshade  |  July 24 2012, 11:27AM

    Well I scored 1 goal in one game about 20 years ago. I'll play for £30,000 a year please consider my application !!!! hahaha

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  • hywel79  |  July 24 2012, 10:57AM

    who? well 6 goals last season clearly thats just what we need

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  • morton1947  |  July 24 2012, 10:02AM

    Sounds to me that this guy is deparate to get out from Udinese and is trying to promote himself

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  • trncjack  |  July 24 2012, 8:45AM

    IM available to, not got a club at the moment. i am on free , my misses who is acting as my agent says , the swans have shown an interest ,and she would not stand in my way if i wanted to go. i would like to play in the premier,as i think its the best league in the world ,i scored 2 goals about 30 years ago , where do they get these stories from

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