Former Manchester United striker Odion Jude Ighalo has emerged as one of the targets Newcastle are considering ahead of a possible January transfer.

The Nigerian goalscorer isn’t a stranger to the Premier League as he donned the shirts of Watford and Manchester United during his time in England’s top tier league.

Ighalo celebrates a goal in United shirt

The magpies are working hard drawing out a list of players provided by new manager Eddie Howe to bolster their ranks as they look to add some fresh but expericenced legs to fuel their race for survival to stay in the Premier League. With the backing of new Saudi Arabian owners, their financial power can’t be questioned – but they are left puzzled at trying to balance their short-term task of ensuring they stay afloat the relegation waters and compete in next season’s Premier League alongside their long-term ambitions which could see them lift the Premier League in years to come.

Saudi Arabia based side Al Shabab have however informally asked the former Julius Berger hitman about his interest should the Magpies come for him.

The Silver lining to the story for Newcastle is that according to Sky Sports News, many of these players touted are reluctant to come to St. James’ Park as they would be signing up for a relegation battle which no one knows the endgame as such players could find themselves playing in the Championship (Second Division) during a World Cup year, one which can jeopardize their chances of making it to the Mundial.

The 32-year-old whose contract will be up in the summer of 2023 having joined from Shanghai Shenhua after a loan stint with Manchester United is the joint topscorer in the Saudi Professional League this campaign netting nine goals.

Ighalo celebrates a goal for Al Shabab

During his time in England, Ighalo banged 40 goals for Hornets (Watford) between 2014 and 2017 and was on the scores sheer on five occasions in 23 outings for Manchester United (much as a substitute) during his loan spell between January 2020 and January 2021.

Odion Ighalo from his time with Watford