I took a pay cut to make loan deal happen.

Odion Ighalo says he was so desperate to join Manchester United he took a pay cut to make the deal happen and did not sleep the night it was agreed.

The 30-year-old Nigeria forward has joined United on loan from Shanghai Shenhua until the end of the season. Odion Ighalo left Watford for a move to China in 2017

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His mum cried at the news and there were parties on the street where he grew up in Nigeria.

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Ighalo, his agent and the clubs spent the night negotiating and signing paperwork to get it through before the deadline at 7am Shanghai time.

Meanwhile, other clubs were calling asking Ighalo to sign for them.

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Ighalo says he has been a ‘Red Devil’ fan since he was a child and is pleased to be able to make  his dream of playing for the club a reality.

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