Former Watford Striker Odion Ighalo celebrates after netting a goal for the Hornets. Photo/Courtesy.

Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo has emerged as a loan target for Manchester United following Marcus Rashford’s back injury, according to a report by Sky Sports News.

Ighalo who formerly played for Watford, is currently with Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua and has two years left on his contract.

Rashford’s injury has undoubtedly left United nonlethal up-front following Romelu Lukaku’s exit in the summer without a proper replacement.

Manchester United were buoyant to seal a move for wonder kid Erling Braut Haaland from Red Bull Salzburg this month before the starlet ditched the Red-Devils for German Side Borussia Dortmund.

Notwithstanding Ighalo, The Red-Devils have also well-thought-out various makeshift solutions, including Edinson Cavani, Dries Mertens, Mario Mandzukic and Algerian striker Islam Slimani.

And according to Sky Sports News, Ighalo is now the latest striker being considered for a loan deal by United.

Ighalo scored 17 goals in 55 Premier League appearances for the Hornets before sealing a move to Chinese League One in 2017.

After their 2-0 defeat to Burnley at Old Trafford in midweek, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer indicated that the club are in need of ‘quality’ signings, with Paul Pogba as well as Rashford currently sidelined.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup tie against Tranmere, Ole Gunnar insisted the club was still working on reinforcements in a “difficult” market.

“It’s not going to be a quick fix. And it’s not going to be like eight players in or 10 players in one transfer window,” he said.

“We’ve had one proper transfer window in the summer because the January’s are difficult, but we are trying to do something now.”

 

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