Ighalo’s Agent Reveals Rushed Phone Call That Sealed Man Utd Transfer

Ighalo’s Agent Reveals Rushed Phone Call That Sealed Man Utd Transfer

Manchester United officially confirmed the signing of Odion Ighalo on Deadline Day, the former Watford striker joining on loan from Shanghai Shenhua until the end of the season

Odion Ighalo's agent, Atta Aneke has spoken about the Nigerian's shock Deadline Day move to Manchester United and described it as “hectic”.

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United officially confirmed the signing of Ighalo just after midnight with the 30-year-old joining on loan from Shanghai Shenhua.

Ighalo, who grew up as a United fan idolising Dwight Yorke and Andrew Cole, has joined on loan for the remainder of the season.

And Aneke has revealed just how rushed the move was.

“It’s been hectic,” Aneke told Aftenposten. “I talked to Manchester United’s top boss [Ed Woodward] for a few days in advance.

“It was quiet on Thursday, and then I got the impression that nothing would happen.

“Suddenly, in the middle of the day on Friday, things started to move. It was then at 11 o’clock in the evening in Shanghai.

“It was a hectic phone business.

“Everyone had to stay awake until five or six in the morning in Shanghai.”

The former Watford striker, meanwhile, has described his loan move to Old Trafford as a dream come true.

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Ighalo scored 16 goals in 55 Premier League outings for Watford before moving to Changchun Yatai in January 2017, and then Shanghai Shenhua in 2019.

This article was most recently revised and updated 4 years ago