31 January 2020
Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign striker Odion Ighalo on a six month loan deal on the last day of the January transfer window.
The 30-year-old, playing for Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua, is expected to arrive to travel to Manchester this weekend to complete a surprise last minute move after Spurs made a late bid for the forward. Reports say he refused to join Tottenham because he supported United as a kid.
The fact that two of England’s biggest clubs were after Ighalo’s services would make a lot of Nigerian critics of the former Super Eagles international choke on their humble pie. Ighalo would be forgiven if he is humming rapper Kool Moe Dee’s “How ya like me now” as he inks the deal that takes him to England’s biggest club and makes him the first Nigerian to play for United.
Confidence has never been in short supply for a striker who finished as top scorer at the last Africa Cup of Nations before retiring from the Nigerian national team. The front-man, who scored 15 goals in his best season for Watford in the Premier League, must fancy his chances of finding the net with more regularity when surrounded by better players at Old Trafford.
With Marcus Rashford injured and Anthony Martial a bit out of sorts, coach Solskjaer knows he has a proven finisher with Ighalo. Ighalo, a devout Christian, who scored 16 goals in 35 games for Nigeria, loves to tweet inspiring quotes. He wrote earlier this month:
He is definitely having the last laugh on his Nigerian critics.