Friday Feb 05, 2021. 10:00
Former Nigeria international Odion Ighalo has secured a move to Saudi Arabia Pro League side Al Shabab FC.
The 31-year-old marksman has joined Al Shabab on a permanent deal from Chinese Super League outfit Shanghai Shenhua.
The experienced player was handed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the White Lion having passed his medical.
“Al Shabab has been signed with the Nigerian Flag of NigeriaEagle Odion Ighalo for a two and a half years,” a club statement read.
One of the Ighalo’s representatives had told BBC Sport Africa that Ighalo would be joining Al Shabab before the deal was made official.
“It’s sorted and everything is finalised, it should be announced late on Thursday or Friday,” the unnamed source said.
“Despite interest from other clubs, this is a good move for the player because Al Shabab showed ambition and commitment in their efforts to sign him.”
Ighalo initially joined Manchester United in a temporary deal from Shenhua at the end of the January 2020 transfer window as the English giants sought cover in attack for the rest of the 2019/20 campaign.
English forward Marcus Rashford was out suffering a long-term injury and Ighalo impressed as he scored four goals in eight matches in all competitions for United.
As a result, Ighalo’s loan was extended, but he found game time hard to come by in the first round of the current season.
He made just four appearances in all competitions for United and he returned to Shenhua, but he has now joined Al Shabab.