Manchester United loanee Odion Ighalo has admitted he wants a move to the MLS once his Old Trafford spell concludes, and is very much open to the prospect of joining David Beckham’s Inter Miami.
The 31-year-old will see his loan from Shanghai Shenhua expire at the end of the season, and has started to look ahead to pastures new.
Ighalo has proven he still has capabilities in front of goal with five strikes to his name in the second half of the 2020-19 campaign, despite being deployed from the substitutes bench.
And now Ighalo, who will return to his parent club but has no long-term plans to remain in China, is hoping his exploits can land him a switch to Major League Soccer, which he says he has been watching with a keen eye.
Ighalo told ESPN: “I have been watching MLS and the league is doing well and I would like to play in the MLS.
“I have to wait for offers and if the opportunity arises, I will take it because the league is doing well and it is a good life and I would love it.
“Lots of players go there. Even Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus is there, also Giovanni dos Santos.
“Why not? I would like to go there if an opportunity arises.
“Being an experienced player, going there, doing well. It is an opportunity if it comes for me.
“The David Beckham club [Inter Miami] is growing, so if an opportunity arises why not?”
After signing for United, who he supported as a young boy, Ighalo insists that he is now “fulfilled as a football player”.
The Nigerian fell further down the pecking order this season following the arrival of free agent Edinson Cavani, who joined United after ending his contract with PSG.
So far this season Ighalo has made just four appearances, with just one in the Premier League, one in the Champions League and two in the Carabao Cup.