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Ighalo Close To Signing For Saudi Arabian Club, Al-Shabab

Soccer Football - Europa League - Round of 16 First Leg - LASK Linz v Manchester United - Linzer Stadion, Linz, Austria - March 12, 2020 Manchester United's Odion Ighalo celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Lisi Niesner TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Former Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo, has had a successful medical at Saudi Arabian club, Al-Shabab, ahead of a permanent move.

The player was released by Manchester United and returned to his parent club, Shangai Shenhua, but is once again on the move again since the Chinese League is still out of service.

The 31-year-old managed only 9 minutes of game time in the Premier League this season while appearing twice in the EFL Cup. He had scored 5 goals in 8 games last season in the Europa League and FA Cup but has otherwise had an underwhelming return to England following a promising start.

Ighalo’s move to the Middle East came after the Saudi Arabian club were turned down by free agent Diego Costa.

According to Sky Sport, personal terms have been agreed on a two and a half year contract.

The local media in the country are also reporting that “large groups of non-youth sent messages of thanks and appreciation to the President of Khaled Al-Balatan, after his decision to include the player.”


The veteran striker appeared to all but confirm the development after posting a picture on Instagram which pinned his location at Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia.

Al-Shabab currently top the league standings, two points above defending champions, Al-Hill, who have a game in hand.

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