Manchester United sign Nigerian Forward Odion Ighalo as transfer window closes


Manchester United have signed former Watford striker Odion Ighalo from Shanghai Shenhua on loan until the end of the season.

The deal to bring the 30-year-old Nigeria international to Old Trafford contains no option to buy.

Ighalo, who is still in China but is expected to fly to the UK in the next few days, scored 39 goals in 99 matches for Watford between 2014 and 2017.

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He then moved to the Chinese Super League, first with Changchun Yatai.

After two seasons he moved to Shanghai Shenhua and has scored 10 times in 19 games.

His form for his country has been eye-catching as well, finishing as top scorer in African Cup of Nations qualifying with seven goals, before scoring five at the tournament during the summer to emerge the highest goal scorer.

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It is understood that there were interests from other English Premier League clubs but Ighalo wanted to play for United.

He is United’s first senior loan signing since Radamel Falcao’s arrival from Monaco in 2014.

Earlier yesterday, United ended interest in Bournemouth’s Josh King but did sign Southend United goalkeeper Nathan Bishop for an undisclosed fee.

United accepts Ighalo does not fit the club’s policy of trying to sign long-term targets, such as Bruno Fernandes, who moved to Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon on Thursday.

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However, this move has been done to cover the short-term injury to Marcus Rashford, who is currently out with a stress fracture in his back, sustained after coming on as a substitute during the English FA Cup third-round replay win against Wolves later.

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