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Newcastle In Unlikely Link With Former Top Ten Premier League Goal Scorer

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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25 comments so far

  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 2, 2019 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Hoffenheim have a buy-back clause of £75m for Joelinton which they are looking at exercising in January. Should’ve signed him without that clause. BIG MISTAKE.

  • martoon

    Dec 2, 2019 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #2

    Kets – I’m never sure if you are being serious or tongue in cheek but if that is true then I think most fans would bite their hand off just to break even never mind £75m!

  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 2, 2019 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #3

    I think we should try to give him a new contract. Hold on to him because he could be worth £200m next year. Got blistering pace and great balance.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 2, 2019 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #4

    Should’ve given Slimani more time. At least he had pace and can score and create:


  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 2, 2019 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #5


    Just has faster feet. Good player. Better than what we’ve got at the moment.

  • IrishRob

    Dec 2, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #6

    I think eventually he will surprise us all. As Bon Jovi once said, “you got to keep the faith”.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 2, 2019 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #7

    Haha, will probably have one good game in ten. You can tell straight away that he’s not good enough. Can’t run, is very clumsy, can’t shoot. His best asset is his skill but he just doesn’t have the pace to beat players. I wish we would’ve given Doumbia, Ferreyra, Riviere and Slimani more chances. All good players. Riviere had everything apart from composure.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 2, 2019 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #8


    there was never any insinuation that bruce was crap, but a bit daft people saying bruce is doing better than Rafa did at this stage last season. bruce has almiron for a full season and a 60m strike force from the get go that Rafa didn’t.
    We don’t know if rafa would have bettered 14th / 15th place with those factors in his favour so why keep trying to compare the 2. Pointless. I mean it’s pointless, not you.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 2, 2019 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #9

    Should’ve scored twice against Man Utd at home when we lost 2-1.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 2, 2019 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #10

    This Bon jovi guy seems an all round good egg, very philanthropic and community spirited

  • Jib

    Dec 2, 2019 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #11

    Errm we beat Man U at home
    with a young Matty ripper

  • Jib

    Dec 2, 2019 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #12

    The last time we lost at home 1 – 2 v Manu
    was 04 Mar 2009

  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 2, 2019 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #13

    Sorry. Was the 0-1 game in 2014.

  • Jib

    Dec 2, 2019 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #14

    Our strikers that day were Martins and Lovenkrands

  • Jib

    Dec 2, 2019 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #15

    Peter scored for us and Rooney and Berbatov scored for them

  • Jib

    Dec 2, 2019 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #16

    We lost 4 – 0 at SJP in 2014

  • Jib

    Dec 2, 2019 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #17

    we lost 1 – 0 2015
    Ashley Young scored

  • Jib

    Dec 2, 2019 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #18

    Our strikers were Cissé and Riviere

  • Jib

    Dec 2, 2019 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #19

    Ayoze came on for ER 59th minute

  • martoon

    Dec 2, 2019 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #20

    Comparing Rafa with Bruce is a bit silly for the reasons mentioned that they have mostly managed in different leagues and even at nufc with different players against different teams. However one thing I will say and freely admit is that Bruce is doing better than I thought he would – I really thought we would be in the bottom 3 looking at our tough start but we’re doing OK, not brilliantly but OK. Also as I’ve said before while Bruce wouldn’t have been my choice for manager he’s here now and will get my support as manager of the team I support.

  • RobLeenio

    Dec 2, 2019 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #21

    To be fair, it’s only really the media who point out that Bruce has a better points haul than Rafa at this stage of the season. Most fans recognise that Rafa had less money spent on his squad, Almiron was a significant absence comparing then to now, Rondon had been injured for at least a few games and the squad had been on the brink of striking at the start of the season over a bonuses dispute with Ashley.

    In short, comparing points totals doesn’t tell more than a fraction of the story.

  • geordiesteve520

    Dec 2, 2019 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #22

    @Ketsbia9 – do you have multiple personalities? That diatribe you came out with was one thought conflicting with the next…

  • DaveD1000

    Dec 2, 2019 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #23

    Kets is unique

  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 2, 2019 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #24

    2015 game

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 2, 2019 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #25

    Rafa didn’t have much of a strike force but he had perez who had more brains than miggy and maxi combined. Bruce has arrived with little preseason and a duff striking set up and done OK. Meanwhile Rafa has tanked in China. Most of the taliban expected us to be bottom and Rafa to be doing big things in China. Quite the opposite as it turns out.


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