Man Utd handed damning transfer declaration after Odion Ighalo signing

Manchester United's signing of Odion Ighalo proves that the club are no longer able to attract the world’s best strikers.

That is the view of former Chelsea and Tottenham forward Eidur Gudjohnsen, who believes the Red Devils have fallen way back from their glory days.

United were linked with several top strikers in the January transfer window, with names like Edinson Cavani and Moussa Dembele mentioned, but in the end could only secure a loan deal for former Watford player Ighalo.

The Nigerian moves to Old Trafford until the end of the season from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua.

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Speaking to Sky Sports ' Transfer Talk podcast, Gudjohnsen said the Ighalo deal smelled of desperation, and shows that United can no longer attract world-class talent.

Asked about the club’s current predicament, the former Iceland forward said: "It comes back to the time of the season of this [Ighalo] transfer as well. I don't think any of the best strikers are available."

He added: "I don't think any of the best strikers are eager to join United anymore."

Former Chelsea and Leeds United striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink also weighed in on the debate and claims Ighalo would not normally have even been a third choice at United in days gone by.

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"He must be the luckiest man! Going to China, being away from Europe nobody seeing him for two and a half years since he was at Watford and then getting a loan move at United," he added.

"Wow. That doesn't happen!

"It says how far behind United are from Liverpool, Manchester City and even Chelsea. They have got a big job ahead.

"They needed somebody in. I think he was not their number one and I would be surprised if he was their number two or three as well.

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"He is getting an opportunity and he will definitely get minutes and we will see if he can do it."

Ighalo netted 33 goals in 82 games for Watford in all competitions over a three year period from 2014/17.

The 30-year-old has played for several other clubs throughout his career, including Udinese and Granada.

He could be in line to make his United debut against Chelsea on February 17, a game that could go a long way to deciding the destination of the final top four spot.

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