Manchester United have announced the signing of Odion Ighalo on loan from Shanghai Shenhua until the 2019-20 season.
The Red Devils had agreed terms with the Nigerian forward over a shock move to Old Trafford, finally bringing an end to their pursuit of a new striker in the closing stages of Deadline Day.
The official Man United Twitter account revealing that the “lifelong Reds supporter” had joined on a temporary basis until the end of the campaign.
The deal includes an option to make the move permanent should the 30-year-old impress during his time at Old Trafford.
“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,” United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told the club’s official website.
“A great lad and very professional, he will make the most of his time here.”
✍ #MUFC can confirm that Odion Ighalo will join us on loan from Shanghai Shenhua until the end of the season.
Welcome, Odion! 🔴
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 1, 2020
Ighalo has past experience of Premier League during his time at Watford, where he contributed 39 goals in 99 appearances.