- Odion Ighalo's stay at Old Trafford is gradually winding down
- The Nigerian forward joined the Premier League club on loan from Shanghai Shenhua in January
- Manchester United are now hoping they can plead with the Chinese club to allow them to keep him until the season wraps up
Manchester United are reportedly hoping they can keep Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo until the end of the season.
The 30-year-old joined the Red Devils from Shanghai Shenhua on a six months loan deal earlier this year and against all odds, he became an instant hit for the club.
He has scored four goals and created an assist in eight appearances across competitions before deadly coronavirus pandemic forced the league to go on suspension.
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Ighalo's short spell at Old Trafford expires in June but the Chinese Super League not ready for kick-off until maybe June or July, United are hoping they can keep him beyond his time.
SunSport quoting Manchester Evening News the Red Devils want the former Super Eagles star to stay with them until the Premier League is concluded.
Meanwhile, they appear to have rested on the chance to hand the former Watford star a permanent deal as they are confident Marcus Rashford would have returned from injury.
Legit.ng through Manchester Evening News can confirm that United and Ighalo's agents have opened talks about his future but the club is yet to be given feedback by the player's camp.
Simon Peach, a journalist, believes the forward's future can only be decided by his parent club but insisted that Man United want the player to stay at Old Trafford.
He tweeted: "MUFC would like to extend Odion Ighalo’s stay at Old Trafford.
"The striker's loan deal expires at the end of May but an extension for the rest of the season (assuming it restarts) depends on the situation at Shanghai Shenhua.
"He certainly made a decent impact in a short period.
Ighalo has been told he will have to take a pay cut if he must join United on a permanent deal - meaning he would have to take a £200,000-a-week pay cut to join.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Odion Ighalo has disclosed that he is yet to make a decision about his future at Manchester United because he is yet to be offered a permanent deal, SunSport reports citing ElegbeteTV.
The has 30-year-old made a blistering start to life at Old Trafford side since he arrived on deadline day during the January transfer window.
The former Watford of England striker has netted four goals in his first three starts for the Red Devils and many are looking forward to him sealing a permanent deal with United.
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