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Ighalo to remain in Man Utd till 2021

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Nigerian international, Odion Ighalo has secured a move to stay at Manchester United till next year.

Odion Ighalo has “agreed” a loan extension with Manchester United until end of January 2021 with the transfer awaiting FA approval.

The agreement with his parent club Shanghai Shenhua officially expired on Sunday night, and it appeared as though United had failed in a bid to keep the striker at the club.

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But according to The Telegraph, both sides have now come to an agreement for the 30-year-old to stay in Manchester until the new year.

The deal is said to be awaiting confirmation with FA for registration.

It is claimed Ighalo will then discuss a new contract with Shanghai Shenhua once he returns in 2021.

The news comes after his agent Atta Aneke confirmed talks were in place for the ex-Watford man to remain at Old Trafford.

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Aneke told Nettavisen:

“We are nearing an agreement with Manchester United on an extended loan.

“The agreement will mean that Ighalo will remain with them until January 2021.”

Ighalo swapped the Chinese Super League for the Premier League in a shock deadline day loan deal back in January.

And it is understood Ighalo took a 40 per cent pay-cut on his £300,000-a-week wages in China to make his dream switch happen.

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He scored four goals in eight games before the season was suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic – leaving his loan contract to the run-up.

The Nigerian made a personal plea to Shanghai Shenhua to let him finish the season at Old Trafford, before returning to China, and it appears his wishes have been met.

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Newcastle United bounce back to draw with West Ham

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Newcastle United twice came back from a goal down as they grabbed a 2-2 Premier League draw with visiting West Ham United on Sunday.

The result robbed the visitors of the chance to put some more daylight between themselves and the relegation zone, having lost their previous seven away league games.

West Ham started the day three points above the drop zone, and they got off to the perfect start when Michail Antonio opened the scoring after four minutes.

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Newcastle United leveled in the 17th minute through Miguel Almiron.

But they went behind again in the 66th minute when midfielder Tomas Soucek fired home a rebound after Declan Rice hit the crossbar with a header from a corner kick.

Jonjo Shelvey struck back immediately for Newcastle United, dancing through the visitors’ defense before slotting home to make it 2-2.

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This has now left West Ham in 16th spot on 31 points, four points ahead of Aston Villa in 18th, with Newcastle United 12th on 43 points.

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English-born Ghanaian footballer dies at 24 after drowning in US lake

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Derick Otim

English-born Ghanaian footballer, Derrick Otim has died at the of 24 after he drowned in a lake in the US.

The former Nottingham Forest midfielder drowned on Friday, July 3, in Lake Keowee, South Carolina, according to reports.

In 2018, Lake Keowee was branded South Carolina’s “most deadly body of water” in a local news article which said 32 people had lost their lives there within 25 years.

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Otim trained with Forest Academy, before moving to America for university four years ago.

He had recently graduated from Xavier University – and is claimed to have been visiting friends in South Carolina before his sudden death.

Tributes have been paid to the star player by Nottingham Forest FC and his former teammates, who described him as a ‘top lad.’

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EPL: Man City confirm player to miss Southampton fixture

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Manchester City has confirmed that striker, Sergio Aguero, will miss the Citizens’ away Premier League fixture against Southampton tonight.

Man City also disclosed that midfielder Fernandinho could be in contention to feature for Pep Guardiola’s men after serving a two-match suspension.

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City stated this in a post on the club’s official website on Sunday.

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Guardiola’s side head to the match after thrashing Liverpool 4-0 in their last Premier League encounter at the Etihad Stadium.

“Sergio Aguero (knee) will miss the game, but Fernandinho could be in contention to return after serving a two-match suspension,” a club’s statement read.

The kick-off time for the Southampton vs Man City game is at 7 pm.

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