Watford striker Odion Ighalo admits he came close to joining the Chinese football money train.

With Watford on the brink of their return to the top flight, there came a mind-boggling offer from China, promising to pay him £40million over four years.

When he said no, they came back and offered more.

“I was very close,” he told the Daily Mail. “They made a £10m bid and were offering me over £200,000 a week; a four-year contract. I couldn’t sleep for three days. That kind of money is not easy to turn down. Some team-mates in the dressing room were saying, ‘You can’t miss this chance’. But I don’t jump into decisions like that.

“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.”

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