Manchester United have signed striker Odion Ighalo on loan for the rest of the season, after Bournemouth turned down a bid from them to sign Joshua King on deadline day.
United were in the market for another forward to provide cover for the injured Marcus Rashford, amidst concerns where their goals are going to come from in his absence with Anthony Martial inconsistent, Daniel James not having scored since August, and Mason Greenwood still very inexperienced at Premier League level.
However, with Bournemouth mired in a relegation struggle, Eddie Howe was not prepared to let King leave at a critical juncture of the season, despite the fact that he has only 3 goals in 17 Premier League appearances this season.
Instead at the last minute they turned to the former Watford striker who is currently playing in China for Shanghai Shenhua. He will not stay on loan at United until the summer, although the deal does include an option to buy.
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