Newcastle “target former Manchester United star Odion Ighalo”

Newcastle “put Odion Ighalo on their transfer target list”, ex-Man United lender “seriously considering move” if Eddie Howe confirms interest in January transfer window

  • Newcastle reportedly consider move for former United striker Odion Ighalo
  • Eddie Howe looks to strengthen his frontline to keep the club in the top flight
  • Ighalo – now on Saudi side of Al Shabab – “would seriously consider” joining them











Newcastle have placed former Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo on their transfer shortlist, according to reports.

Manager Eddie Howe is looking to improve his options in January – with help from the club’s ultra-wealthy Saudi owners – and Ighalo is one of many players the former Bournemouth boss is considering.

Newcastle are now the richest team in world football after being bought out by the Public Investment Fund, and gearing up for a big transfer window – with the club linked with a handful of players as they seek to stay in the Premier League.

Newcastle examine former Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo

Eddie Howe targets new striker in January as he seeks to keep Newcastle in the league

Eddie Howe targets new striker in January as he seeks to keep Newcastle in the league

The Mapgies are eyeing Ighalo – who currently plays for Saudi outfit Al Shabab – according to Sky Sports, who say the player is keen to take the step.

Ighalo “is seriously considering” moving to St James’ Park if the club call, the report adds, with the Saudi club in talks with the Nigerian star to ask him questions about a possible deal.

The former Watford forward signed a surprise loan for Manchester United in 2019-20, playing 23 times and scoring five goals before returning to Shanghai Shenhua in China and then joining Al Shabab.

Ighalo has proven his Premier League experience and would be an asset in their relegation fight

Ighalo has proven his Premier League experience and would be an asset in their relegation fight

He has scored nine goals in 13 games for the team this season, making him the league’s top scorer. His current contract with Al Shabab ends at the end of the 2022-2023 season.

Ighalo has proven that his Premier League experience has scored 39 goals in 99 games for Watford between 2014 and 2017, and Newcastle will appreciate his pedigree and reputation for physical presence and scoring.

Newcastle are still struggling for relegation at the moment, having won only one game all season, and are in 19th place with ten points – three points from safety.

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