Manchester United have secured the service of former Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo for another six months until January after reaching an agreement with the Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua.
The 30-year-old 2019 Africa Cup of Nations top scorer initially move to Old Trafford in a Deadline Day move in January and scored four times in eight appearances in all competitions prior to the suspension of the Premier League.
Ighalo’s initial loan deal was due to expire on May 31 but a Manchester United statement said.
“Manchester United have reached agreement with Shanghai Greenland Shenhua to extend the loan deal for Odion Ighalo.
“The Nigerian striker’s stay was initially due to end on 31 May but he will now remain with the Reds until 31 January 2021, enabling him to build on an impressive start to life with the club he supported as a boy.”
However, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has thanked Shanghai Shenhua for allowing the Ajegunle-born striker to remain with Red Devils longer than previously agreed.
“They [Shanghai Greenland Shenhua] have been great towards us, allowing him to play for his dream club,” Solskjaer said.
“It’s been a dream for him and hopefully he can finish what he started and win a trophy with us.”
Ighalo’s current deal at Shenhua runs out in December 2022 and he will be expected to sign a contract offer until the end of 2024 worth £400,000 a week.