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Man United sign Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo on loan

Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo

Manchester United have completed the signing of Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo on loan from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua until the end of the season.

The 30-year-old who is a lifelong Reds supporter is set to bolster the United squad for the second half of the campaign, as the club competes in the Premier League, UEFA Europa League and Emirates FA Cup.

Speaking about the loan deal, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said:

“Odion is an experienced player. 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.”

Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo began his professional career in his native Nigeria with local clubs Prime and Julius Berger, before sealing a transfer to Norwegian side Lyn in 2007. 

A year later, a move to Udinese in Italy eventually led to loan spells with Granada (twice), Cesena and Watford in the Premier League.

While at Vicarage Road with the Hornets, Ighalo impressively scored 40 goals from exactly 100 appearances across all competitions.

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