Odion Ighalo becomes first Nigerian player to sign for Man United in 142 years
London, Feb. 1, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Nigerian International, Odion Ighalo has returned to the Premier League with Manchester United, arriving on loan from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua to the end of the season.
The 30-year-old Nigerian striker scored 39 goals in 99 matches for Watford between 2014 and 2017 and adding four assists.
Ighalo was named the competition’s Player of the Month for December 2015.
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, .
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, 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 201
Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told the club’s official website: “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.”
Ighalo is set to make his Premier League debut for United on 17 February at Chelsea.