Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo, has claimed that he rejected a deal worth almost £300,000 per week to play in China, so he could continue playing in the Premier League.
The Watford frontman has scored 15 goals so far this season and his hot impressive form has seen him being linked with many clubs.
Ighalo has now said he was “very close” to signing for Hebei China Fortune last year.
“I was very close,” he told The Daily Mail. “They made a £10million 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.
“When I was in Ajegunle, I was watching the Premier League, dreaming one day I would be part of it. If I keep doing what I’m doing I can enjoy my football in England for four, five or six years.
“I helped this team to promotion. How can I leave because of money? I know money is good. With that sort of money I can secure my life. But you can’t sell your dream,” he stated.