According to talkSPORT, Spurs made a bid to sign Ighalo on a six-month loan deal, however the move was knocked back by the Chinese Super League club.
Ighalo, 30, is also heavily linked with a late move to Manchester United.
Both Spurs and United are desperate to sign a striker before the transfer window slams shut at 11pm on Friday night.
Spurs are without the injured Harry Kane for at least three months, while United are looking for a replacement for Marcus Rashford, who will be out for a similar length of time.
Former Watford striker, Ighalo, is reportedly keen on a return to the Premier League amid interest from the two ‘big six’ clubs.
However, Ighalo could still move to England on deadline day, with Manchester United locked in talks to bring the striker to Old Trafford until the end of the season.
The Red Devils failed with a late bid to sign Bournemouth striker Josh King.