Former Super Eagles striker Obafemi Martins set to replace the new Manchester United star Odion Ighalo at Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua, according to Titan Sports.

The 35-year-old ex-Newcastle United and Inter Milan star left the Shanghai outfit in 2018 after suffering a hamstring injury, and he is now set to return to the club as a replacement for his compatriot who is said to be nearing a permanent deal at Old Trafford.

Ighalo has made an impressive start after returning to the English club where he scored four times in eight games since signing on loan until 31 May from the Chinese Super League club.

Martin scored 20 goals across all competitions for Shanghai Shenhua and he won the FA Cup in 2017 during his first stint in China.

China’s domestic league has yet to start the 2020 season after kick-off was delayed indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak but speculation is mounting that the campaign will begin in late April or early May.

Premier League has been suspended due to the pandemic and will not resume before 30 April.

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