Manchester United Sign Ighalo On Loan From Shanghai
By Our Correspondent
Former Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo has made a surprise return to the English Premier League heavyweight, Manchester Uniter on season-ending loan deal after switching from the Chinese League on deadline day deal Friday, Bestchoicesports.com.ng can report
The struggling Red Devils completed the Odion’s signing of from Shanghai Shenhua on loan until the end of the season.
United were in the market for a striker and had shown interest to sign Joshua King from AFC Bournemouth but the deal failed to materialize as the Cherries were not willing to let their forward leave. And now the Red Devils have reached an agreement with Shanghai with Ighalo heading to Old Trafford but the deal has no option to buy.
The Nigeria international is still in China and will miss the United match against Wolves on Saturday but is expected to fly to United in the next few days.
The 30-year-old has netted 10 goals in 19 appearances since his move to Shanghai
There were, however, no eye-catching major deals in the final 24 hours of transfer activity for European clubs which continues the trend of recent January windows.
None of the top four in the Premier League made any late moves at the conclusion of a low-key month, with some of the players who had been linked with possible deadline day moves staying put after proposed deals failed to materialise.
France’s World Cup winner Olivier Giroud remains at Chelsea despite reported interest in the ex-Arsenal striker from several clubs surprisingly including London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Wales international Gareth Bale, left out of the Real Madrid squad again for this weekend, was also rumoured to be a possible Spurs target but stays with the Spanish club.
Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, who had been linked with Chelsea and David Beckham’s new Major League Soccer club Inter Miami also ended the day staying put at Paris St Germain.
Ighalo, who will offer cover for United’s injured forward Marcus Rashford, has Premier League experience having scored 33 goals in 82 games for Watford before moving to Chinese Super League club Changchun Yatai and then Shanghai.
Struggling West Ham United brought in highly-rated striker Jarrod Bowen from Championship (second-tier) club Hull City, while Sheffield United followed up the signing of Sander Berge with the capture of Dutch goalscorer Richairo Zivkovic.
Zivkovic joins Chris Wilder’s high-fliers on loan from Chinese club Changchun Yatai but the Blades have an option to make the move permanent at the end of the season.