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The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - by Neil Fissler

NEW­CAS­TLE United could make a move for Wat­ford striker Odion Ighalo at the end of the sea­son in a bid to solve their goalscor­ing prob­lem.

The Mag­pies are among the low­est scor­ers in the top flight this sea­son and have been scout­ing highly-rated front man Ighalo.

He has scored 17 goals for the Hor­nets this sea­son and only Ip­swich’s Daryl Mur­phy has scored more in the Cham­pi­onship.

His scor­ing record hasn’t gone un­no­ticed and Pre­mier League man­agers have been send­ing their scouts to watch him in ac­tion.

Ighalo, a for­mer Nige­rian U20 in­ter­na­tional, joined Wat­ford on a sea­son-long loan deal from Udi­nese in the sum­mer and then signed per­ma­nently in Oc­to­ber.

The 25-year-old hit the head­lines in Jan­uary when he scored four times against Black­pool as Wat­ford re­cov­ered from 2-0 down to win 7-2.

This sea­son is al­ready the best tally of his ca­reer and it means that Wat­ford could have trou­ble keep­ing him at Vicarage Road.

New­cas­tle, West Brom and Hull are all plan­ning to make more checks on him be­tween now and the end of the sea­son.

Wat­ford al­ready be­lieve that with his scor­ing record Ighalo is worth around £6m. BLACK­BURN Rovers boss Gary Bowyer is set to de­cide this week if he is go­ing to make a move for out-of-favour Ip­swich front man Paul Tay­lor.

Tay­lor, 27, is out of con­tract at the end of the sea­son and Ip­swich are try­ing to off­load his £10,000-a-week wages from their books. NOR­WICH’s plans to make a loan move for Ever­ton left-back Luke Gar­butt have been put on hold af­ter Leighton Baines suf­fered an in­jury.

The Eng­land U21 in­ter­na­tional is highly rated but, un­til Baines got hurt, was the third choice at Good­i­son Park.

And the Tof­fees are con­sid­er­ing let­ting him out on loan for the rest of the sea­son to get regular match ac­tion.

The 21-year-old is out of con­tract at the end of the sea­son and has been locked in talks with Ever­ton about a new deal.

But they are strug­gling to reach an agree­ment with the player hold­ing out for a mas­sive pay rise.

Nor­wich were hop­ing to do a deal last week but Gar­butt was pressed into ac­tion against Young Boys in the Europa League and then Ar­se­nal.

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