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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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“Odion is an experienced player,” said United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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“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.”

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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.

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Ighalo (left) was pictured wearing a Manchester United shirt during his childhood

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.

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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. (BBC)


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