Deadline Day: Manchester United agrees late loan deal for Ighalo

Odion Ighalo is making a surprise switch to Manchester United, which is bringing in the 30-year-old on loan from Shanghai Shenhua.

Odion Ighalo is joining Manchester United on loan for the rest of the season but there is no option to buy in the deal.

Odion Ighalo is joining Manchester United on loan for the rest of the season but there is no option to buy in the deal.   -  Getty Images

Manchester United has clinched a surprise move for former Watford striker Odion Ighalo.

Ighalo is joining United on loan for the rest of the season but there is no option to buy in the deal, Omnisport understands.

United, which finally signed Bruno Fernandes for a fee of £46.5million (€55m) and a potential further £21.1m (€25m) in add-ons on Thursday, was eager to bring in a striker prior to the end of the transfer window.

With Marcus Rashford out injured, United was said to have had an approach for Josh King rebuffed by Bournemouth before turning its attention to Ighalo.

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The Nigeria forward has spent the past three seasons in the Chinese Super League, scoring 10 league goals for Shanghai Shenhua last term after two prolific campaigns with Changchun Yatai.

But the 30-year-old will now bolster Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's attack, with United just managing to get a short-term loan deal completed before Friday's deadline.

An official announcement from United will come later, but it is understood all aspects of the deal have been agreed.

Ighalo has Premier League experience, having scored 16 goals for Watford in 55 top-flight appearances between 2015 and 2017.

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