Saudi Arabia side Al-Wehda have announced the signing of Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo from Al Hilal on a two-year deal.
The former Manchester United and Watford striker who led the Saudi giants to the final of both the Asian Champions League and the Club World Cup last season will be making way for a new influx of top players from Europe such as Neymar, Reuben Neves, Kalidou Koulibaly, Sergej Milinković-Savić and Malcom.
Ighalo was the club’s top scorer last season with 19 goals and the third-highest scorer in the league behind Al Ittihad’s Abderrazak Hamdallah (21) and Al Nassr’s Anderson Talisca (20).
Announcing the signing of the 34-year-old, the club on Instagram said he will boost the ranks of the team in the coming season, “The management of Al-Wahda Club, headed by Mr. Sultan Azhar, completed the procedures for signing Nigerian international striker, Odion Ighalo, coming from Al Hilal in a free transfer deal to support the ranks of the Knights for a period of two seasons.”
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At the moment, Al Wehda who finished 13th in the 2022/23 season are not yet one of the big spenders in the Saudi League. Ighalo is their most high-profile player.
The Nigerian who has scored in double figures every season since moving to Saudi Arabia will be hoping to improve the lot of his new side and help them finish at least in the top half of the table.