Nigerian forward Odion Ighalo has revealed that his first choice was to stay in England, but claims that Watford's demands proved too high for interested Premier League clubs, Completesportsnigeia.com reports.
Ighalo who joined Chinese Super League outfit, Changchun Yatai, in a £20m deal last month, describes his salary as good
"On a personal level, when the options came, my priority was to stay in England. West Bromwich Albion came but what Watford wanted made it impossible to go there," the striker told British tabloid The Sun.
"Crystal Palace too showed strong interest, but Watford's demands put them off as well.
"It was only China that could give them what they wanted.
"On a personal level, it is good money for me, but if I had my way, I would love to stay in the Premier League. I have my family here, the kids are in school here, they have their friends here and getting that stability is never easy when you keepmoving your family. But what can we do? Life goes on."
Ighalo joined Watford in 2014 from Italian club Udinese after an initial loan spell. As Udinese bonafide player, he also played for Granada and Cesena as a loanee.
The Nigeria international scored 39 goals in 100 appearances for The Hornets.