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Manchester United confirm Ighalo loan extension until January 2021

The on-loan forward has agreed to extend his current deal which will keep him at Old Trafford for the rest of the calendar year

Manchester United have confirmed an extension to Odion Ighalo’s loan deal which will see him stay at the club until January 2021.

The striker arrived from Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua on a temporary loan deal on the final day of the January transfer window, to provide Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with cover for the injured Marcus Rashford who was sidelined with a back issue.

The Nigerian, who previously played for Premier League side Watford, impressed in his eight appearances before lockdown and the consequent postponement of football – scoring four goals in three starts – and the club were keen to extend his loan until the end of the campaign.

Discussions with Shenhua have been protracted, with the Chinese club keen to have their forward back for the start of the Super League season.

However, after weeks of negotiations, the two clubs agreed on a deal which will see Ighalo stay at Old Trafford on loan until the end of January 2021.

United have already had to pay Shenhua a loan fee for the initial five-month spell and it is understood the Chinese side will receive another payment from the Red Devils for the extended period.

While there have been no discussions to keep the 30-year-old at the club on a permanent basis, Solskjaer has been keen from the start to have Ighalo in his squad for the end of the season.

“It’s been a dream for him and hopefully he can finish off what he started, with a trophy for us,” Solskjaer told MUTV.

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