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REPORT: Odion Ighalo set for Permanent Manchester United Move

Manchester United want to sign Odion Ighalo on a permanent basis. The Nigerian striker is currently on loan from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua until May.

However, the Red Devils want to extend his short term loan deal until June and then offer a fee to sign the striker permanently according to Simon Jones from the Daily Mail.

REPORT: Odion Ighalo set for Permanent Manchester United Move

Permanent Deal for Ighalo?

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to spend £15 million to sign Ighalo permanently.

The 30-year-old striker hit the ground running at Old Trafford, scoring four goals in just three starts since his January move.

The transfer could be a coup for United, who look to bolster their attacking options over the summer.

Impressive Start at Manchester United

Odion Ighalo was signed as a short term option for United due to a lack of options in attack.

However, it appears that the Nigerian has impressed during his loan spell, prompting Solskjaer to bring Ighalo to the club as a permanent option upfront.

The United boss said, as reported in the Mirror: “He has qualities we saw in him that we needed. And we will still need those qualities next season — so let’s see what we will do.”

Frenchman Anthony Martial was the only other senior striker in the squad in January.  First choice striker Marcus Rashford was ruled out in January with a stress fracture in his back.

Dream Move for the Nigerian

The former Watford striker highlighted his loan move to United as ‘a dream come true’ when speaking to Sky Sports in January.

He took a pay cut to join the Red Devils as United are reportedly paying £130,000 of his £300,000 per week wages he was on in China. It seems that this will become a further reality for the 30-year-old this summer.

The move will benefit all parties and leave funds available for United to strengthen in other areas over the summer with the club looking to bolster their defensive options.

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