There is an exclusive in TEAMtalk that former-Watford striker Odion Ighalo is keen to return to the Premier League.
The 30-year-old Nigerian was quite impressive at times in his spell at Watford from 2014-2017, where he scored 40 goals with 17 of those coming in the Premier League.
Ighalo was a bit of a revelation in his first season in the Premier League scoring 16 goals, which landed him tied for sixth that season with Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud. However, he fizzled out the following year with just 1 before moving to China after 18 games.
Odion Ighalo– scored a brace at St James Park in September 2015
Ighalo left Watford for Changchun Yatai in a £20m move in January of 2017. He moved to Shanghai Shenhua for a fraction of that fee this past February despite scoring 36 times in 55 appearances for CC Yatai.
The report named Newcastle as one of six clubs, including Watford, who are keen on bringing Ighalo back to the Premier League in January. The report states that the Shenhua would be open to a loan deal with an option to buy for the striker.
A half a season loan deal for Ighalo could be a decent move though we see no way that the club would sanction a permanent move. He’s also on high wages in China which would prove an obstacle to him coming to Newcastle even on loan.
We don’t see much in this report to be honest. He doesn’t fit the profile of a Newcastle signing with his age and wages.
However, we wouldn’t be opposed to him coming on a six-month loan deal as he has the experience and is still in his prime at 30.
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