Newcastle United transfer news: Odion Ighalo would ‘seriously consider’ shock move

Odion Ighalo is open to returning to England (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

Former Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo is open to a move to Newcastle United and would ‘seriously consider’ a transfer to the north-east.

The Nigeria international has been shortlisted as a potential option for the Magpies this January as Eddie Howe looks to bolster his frontline.

Ighalo has had two previous stints in the Premier League, most recently during an 12-month loan spell with Manchester United.

The former Watford ace was a shock signing from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in January 2020 but he impressed at Old Trafford enough to earn a second loan stint.

Ighalo spent 18 months at Manchester United (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Ighalo joined Saudi side Al Shabab after his time at the Theatre of Dreams and he’s the joint-top scorer in the league this term with nine goals.

Though strengthening his defence is Howe’s priority, scoring goals has proven problematic for Newcastle this term as the Magpies have averaged just one-goal-a-game in their 18 matches in the Premier League.

Al Shabab are aware of Newcastle’s interest and have spoken to Ighalo about the prospect of a return to the Premier League.

According to SkySports, Ighalo informed the club that he would be keen on a return to England and would ‘seriously consider’ a move.

Ighalo’s contract in the middle-east runs for another 18 months and this could be the club’s last opportunity to raise significant cash for the 32-year-old.

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