Newcastle United Targets Ex-Man Utd Striker Odion Ighalo

Odion Ighalo with Manchester United in 2020.
Odion Ighalo with Manchester United in 2020. Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

Backed by the new and rich owners, the Premier League’s Newcastle United is aiming to have a busy transfer window that will allow them to strengthen their squad and escape the relegation battle. Their wish list seems to be growing by the day, with the latest addition being former Manchester United and Watford striker Odion Ighalo.

According to British media outlet Sky Sports, Newcastle is keen to add a player who can help them score goals but who also has experience of playing in the Premier League. Ighalo fits the bill as he scored 40 goals in 100 appearances while with Watford.

Ighalo is currently playing in Saudi Arabia, where he’s been having a productive season with Al Shabab that sees him sitting at the top of the goal-scoring list with nine goals. Despite this, the sources close to the player indicated that the 32-year-old would be open to returning to Premier League if Newcastle makes an official approach.

The only obstacle might be Odion Ighalo’s contract with Al Shabab, which runs through the summer of 2023. Still, Newcastle has money to spend and would likely be able to convince the Saudi Arabia club to budge if they really want their man.

Throughout his career, Ighalo also played for Udinese, Granada, and a couple of clubs in China. He spent portions of 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons with Manchester United, scoring five goals in 23 matches.