Odion Ighalo has told Manchester United’s official website that he had interest from other clubs but when he heard United wanted to sign him, he did everything he could do to move to Old Trafford – amid a reported offer from Tottenham Hotpsur.
Ighalo, 30, is certainly one of the more surprising signings of the January window – joining Manchester United with moments remaining before the deadline. He has joined United on a loan-to-buy deal from Shanghai Shenhua.
Sky Sports Transfer Centre have claimed (Friday, 19:01) claimed – just two hours before the deadline – that Tottenham had made a loan offer to sign the Nigerian powerhouse. However, he joined United, while Tottenham failed to sign a striker.
With Marcus Rashford injured, former Watford man Ighalo comes into the side to beef up Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s options up front. Ighalo was asked about his deadline-day move, and he commented on interest from other sides – reportedly Spurs.
“Yeah, it was very dramatic,” Ighalo said, about the deadline. “My agent called me the day before and said Man United. I would love to go. A few other clubs had shown interest, I said please, just pick United, if it’s going to be possible.
“So, from 11pm, there was paperwork, negotiating for the loan deal. We are talking, other teams are calling, wanting me, but I told my agent this is what I want. He said you’re going to get a pay-cut. I didn’t care. Make this deal happen.”
TBR’s view – Ighalo could prove doubters wrong
Many Manchester United fans are disappointed with the signing of Ighalo – while Spurs fans were hardly impressed with the potential signing of the striker. But he can prove a lot of people wrong.
At Watford, he scored 40 goals in 100 league and cup outings for The Hornets. In his 55 Premier League outings, he scored 17 goals for a side that were constantly battling the drop. At his latest club, he scored 10 in 19. He can score goals.