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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Photo: AFP via Getty Images

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Photo: AFP via Getty Images

AFP via Getty Images

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Photo: AFP via Getty Images

Manchester United made a last-ditch six-month loan signing of former Watford striker Odion Ighalo from Shanghai Shenhua after balking at Bournemouth’s £35million (€41.7m) valuation of Josh King.

Ole Gunnar Solskjae had turned his sights on King in his desperate search for attacking options following the loss of top scorer Marcus Rashford to a back injury.

But despite Eddie Howe, the Bournemouth manager, making no attempt to conceal the Norway striker’s desire to return to Old Trafford, where he spent five years as a youngster until 2013, United’s bid fell well short of the price tag on the 28-year-old. United are thought to have made an offer of around £20m (€23.8m) for King.