Build-up to Leicester v Chelsea & Saturday’s Premier League action

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By Neil Johnston

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  1. ‘Quite a good signing’

    Rory Smith

    Chief Soccer Correspondent for The New York Times

    Manchester United’s transfer strategy is nuts and the club’s badly organised and it needs major restructuring to be even vaguely modern but I think Odion Ighalo’s quite a good signing as cover, on loan.


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  3. ‘Ighalo is cover for Rashford’

    Odion Ighalo is still in China but is expected to fly to the UK in the next few days.

    It is understood there was interest from other Premier League clubs but Ighalo wanted to play for United. He is United’s first senior loan signing since Radamel Falcao’s arrival from Monaco in 2014.

    United accept Ighalo does not fit the club’s policy of trying to sign long-term targets.

    However, this move has been done to cover the short-term injury to Marcus Rashford and they could not go the rest of the season without bringing in a replacement.

  4. Dreams do come true

    Man Utd v Wolves (17:30 GMT)

    Odion Ighalo is proof that dreams do come true.

    Not only is the 30-year-old a boyhood Manchester United fan, the former Watford forward will also be the first Nigerian to appear for the club after signing from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua on loan until the end of the season.


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  5. Twenty-two points clear?


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    I say crack on but this is in fact the final weekend before the inaugural Premier League winter break kicks in.

    After today’s matches, Manchester United and Chelsea don’t play again until 17 February while others like Newcastle and Aston Villa are not back in action until 16 February.

    Not to worry. There’s plenty of top-flight games over the next few hours to satisfy your football fix – including six starting at 15:00 GMT.

    Runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool could end the day 22 POINTS clear if results go their way.

    We start at the King Power Stadium for a third versus fourth battle between Leicester and Chelsea (12:30) and finish at Old Trafford where new signing Bruno Fernandes could make his Manchester United debut against Wolves (17:30) – but not Odion Ighalo.

  6. Cracking on

    For some clubs, the month passed without the arrival of any new players.


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    One produced an almighty late twist on deadline day.


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    And another hopes their campaign will blossom now they have borrowed a Rose.


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    The January transfer window is closed – time to crack on to the Premier League finishing line.

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