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Odion Ighalo: Manchester United sign Nigeria striker on loan until end of season

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.
"Odion is an experienced player," said United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
"He will come in and give us an option of a different type of centre-forward for the short spell he's staying with us.
"A great lad and very professional, he will make the most of his time here."
Ighalo moved to the Chinese Super League in 2017, 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, finishing as top scorer in African Cup of Nations qualifying with seven goals, before scoring five at the tournament during the summer.
It is understood there was interest from other 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 on Friday, United ended interest in Bournemouth's Josh King but did sign Southend United goalkeeper Nathan Bishop for an undisclosed fee.
United accept 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.
However, this move has been done to cover the short-term injury to Marcus Rashford and they could not go the rest of the season without bringing in a replacement.
England international Rashford, 22, is out with a stress fracture in his back sustained after coming on as a substitute during the FA Cup third-round replay win against Wolves on 15 January.
'He rejected Barcelona a year ago'
In 2015 after Watford's advancement from the Championship, Ighalo was asked where he was generally anticipating playing in his first Premier League season. 
No faltering: "Old Trafford. It'll be a fantasy worked out to play against Manchester United, the group I upheld in my childhood". Much to his dismay what might happen very nearly five years after the fact. 
Odion does an enormous measure of good cause work for individuals in Nigeria and he's likewise still a gifted striker. 
It's a left-field move by United and I'm likewise certain that you'll have perused and heard all the negatives so to adjust things out let me give you a few positives: Ighalo is a characteristic number nine and a characteristic goalscorer with pace and force. 
Barcelona attempted to sign him only a year prior in light of the fact that they needed that kind of player. He turned them down. 
He is an exceptionally solid character, as well. The Nigerian recovered a great deal of analysis home in the wake of passing up on opportunities when the Super Eagles were taken out by Argentina at the last World Cup (counting misuse focused on his family) however he returned more grounded to complete top scorer in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying as well as at the competition itself, in front of any semblance of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Riyad Mahrez. 
Ighalo's demonstrated in the Premier League and will have the option to waste no time, wellness allowing. 
He'll likewise be an extremely mainstream colleague who will give his everything to be a triumph at United. No one will work more earnestly. 
It's practically similar to a homecoming, as well, as Ighalo's family has been situated in Manchester. 
It's a fantasy move for the United fan from Lagos. Presently how about we check whether, not without precedent for his profession, he can refute the cynics. 
'He's a childhood fan'
Fifteen years after football fans witnessed the collapse of John Mikel Obi's transfer to Manchester United, Nigerians will finally get a chance to see one their own become a Red Devil. At 30, Odion Ighalo becomes the first Super Eagle to move to Old Trafford.
Born in a poverty-stricken Lagos ghetto, Ajegunle, Ighalo is a boyhood fan of United. He watched on TV as his striking favourites Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole helped them to the treble in 1999.
Fans in his West African nation closely follow the Premier League, which recruit some of the continent's best players.
Manchester United has a huge fan base in Nigeria and many believe Ighalo will be a success at Old Trafford having retired from international football on a high in 2019.
Ighalo finished as top scorer at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations before calling time on his international career at the end of the tournament in Egypt.
He produced seven goals to finish top scorer in the qualifying and his five goals and one assist helped Nigeria finish third last summer.
Many expected him to fade away in Asia after leaving Watford for Chinese Super League (CSL) club Changchun Yatai. But his pace, instinctive finish and ability to find space has helped him to relative success in China
Ighalo finished as the 2018 CSL's second-top scorer with 21 goals and despite an injury-hit season he scored 10 goals in 17 appearances for new club Shanghai Shenhua in 2019, helping them to FA Cup success.

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