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Odion Ighalo will not join Man United from Watford in January - Deeney

Troy Deeny and Odion Ighalo
Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo have scored 20 Premier League goals between them this season.

Watford captain Troy Deeney is adamant his strike partner Odion Ighalo is going nowhere -- following a report that the Nigerian said his dream was to join Manchester United.

Deeney believes Ighalo will stay at Vicarage Road and is convinced Watford's manager, Quique Sanchez Flores, and owners, the Pozzo family, would not allow Ighalo to be sold in this window.

A report in The Sun quoted Ighalo, who scored more goals than any other player in England's top-four divisions in 2015, as saying "playing at Old Trafford has always been a dream."

Deeney said that Ighalo, a boyhood United fan, was talking hypothetically when discussing a move to United.

"I think his comments [about United] were taken out of context a little bit," Deeney told talkSPORT.

"He isn't going to leave in January. The manager and the owner have made that clear -- I have just seen him on the school run and he is in no rush to go anywhere any time soon."

Ighalo has scored 14 Premier League goals this season, a total bettered only by Everton's Romelu Lukaku and Leicester's Jamie Vardy.

In contrast, United's top scorer, Anthony Martial, has only five league goals as Louis van Gaal's team have struggled to find the net.

Deeney, who signed a new deal with the club in the summer after leading them to promotion, has been linked with Arsenal, but he has no desire to seek a transfer.

"No, no, no. We have still got a project to complete," he told talkSPORT when asked about leaving. "The pleasing thing from my point of view and from Iggy's [ghalo's] is people want us. That shows that we have been doing something right for the past five, six months.

"But we have got a project to complete and the gaffer has stated before that whatever happens in the summer, will happen in the summer. "It is very flattering. My son is an Arsenal fan so he read it in the paper the other day and I don't think he is happy that I am staying at Watford."

Flores said when asked if there was any possibility either player would be sold: "I think it's completely impossible. 

"Our target as a team is very clear. The confidence of these players is amazing. They are completely confident in themselves.

"They are not in a hurry or a rush to leave Watford. They're happy at Watford. It's important to value these kinds of things -- how important it is to be happy in a place."

Flores, while insisting that neither striker will be sold in January, did admit his in-demand players may look to move on at the end of the season.

"It's something you need to accept," he said. "When? I don't know. It's possible someday you'll lose these players. They have confidence with the club for this year, I'm sure they want to achieve the objectives of the club with this team. After that, it's football and anything is possible.

"It is realistic to think that Ighalo, Deeney or Etienne Capoue are playing really well and will get offers - it is normal. The players can decide what they want for their life, that is important."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.


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