Odion Ighalo Heavily Linked With Shanghai Shenhua, Three Others

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Shanghai Shenhua are reportedly leading the race to sign Odion Jude Ighalo from former Chinese Super League side, Changchun Yatai.

Following the 29-year-old's decision not to follow Yatai into the Chinese lower division, he is now attracting lots of interest from four top-flight clubs in The Oriental Nation.

The report out of China further suggests that Shanghai Shenhua, which former Super Eagles striker, Obafemi Akinwunmi Martins played for but was forced to leave in June 2018 due to a prolonged bout with injury, are at the head of the four suitors for Ighalo's signature in January.

Obafemi's former employers are joined in the race for Ighalo by Dalian Yifang, Tianjin Quanjian and Shandong Luneng.

Before I forget, Shenhua freshly appointed Ighalo's gaffer at Watford of England, Quique Sánchez Flores as their coach, such that player and tactician could be in for a reunion should the transfer materialise.

Ighalo, who last played for Yatai against Tianjin Quanjian in November, may be on his way to Shanghai, though he has two years still on the contract he signed with Changchun in January 2017.

This article was most recently revised and updated 3 years ago

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