Former Manchester United and Watford striker Odion Ighalo is one of Newcastle’s possible targets

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    Newcastle are working hard on a list of targets ahead of the summer window; Odion Ighalo, who is presently playing for Al Shabab in Saudi Arabia, formerly played for Watford and Manchester United in England; watch Newcastle versus Manchester United live on Sky Sports Premier League on Monday from 7 pm.

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    Newcastle United are considering a variety of strikers ahead of the January transfer window, including Odion Ighalo. Ighalo is now playing for Al Shabab in Saudi Arabia, having previously played for Watford and Manchester United in the Premier League.

    Al Shabab has asked Ighalo if he would be interested in joining them if Newcastle came calling, and he has informed Sky Sports News that he would seriously consider it if contact is made.

    With nine goals this season, Ighalo is tied for first place in the Saudi Professional League. After his loan at Old Trafford came to an end earlier this year, the Nigerian relocated to the Middle East from the Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua.

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    Ighalo celebrating for Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua

    Al Shabab’s contract with the 32-year-old expires in the summer of 2023.

    Between 2014 and 2017, Ighalo scored 40 goals in 100 appearances for Watford, and he scored five goals in 23 games for United during his year-long stay with the club from January 2020 to January 2021.

    To upgrade their roster in January and try to stay in the Premier League, Newcastle are working hard on a wish-list of players offered by Eddie Howe.

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    The new head coach and his staff have compiled a list of players they’d want to sign, but they’re caught between a rock and a hard place as they strive to strike a balance between the immediate goal of survival and a longer-term vision that may include the Championship.

    Since the new Saudi Arabia-backed owners took control, the club has been associated with a number of high-profile players from around Europe, and they do have the financial strength to afford them.

    However, many of these players have informed Sky Sports News that they are hesitant to enter a relegation battle, and even more so to avoid playing in the second tier during a World Cup year.

    What other players have been related directly to Newcastle?

    Newcastle will have their first chance to enter the transfer market since the Saudi-backed acquisition of Mike Ashley on January 1, when the transfer window opens.

    A large number of players have been connected, notably Ousmane Dembele of Barcelona and Joe Rodon of Tottenham Hotspur.


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