Man Utd score Ighalo on quiet deadline day

Striker Odion Ighalo, pictured here in his Watford days, is joining Manchester United on loan

Manchester United agreed a shock loan deal for former Watford striker Odion Ighalo and West Ham sealed the big-money signing of free-scoring Hull forward Jarrod Bowen in a dramatic finish to an underwhelming deadline day.

Ighalo, who plays for Shanghai Shenhua in the Chinese Super League, has agreed a move to Old Trafford until the end of the season.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made no secret of his desire to bring in an attacker this month, especially after Marcus Rashford's back injury compounded the northern summer departures of Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan.

United had expressed an interest in Bournemouth's Josh King but preferred a loan deal and were unable to reach an agreement on a permanent transfer, meaning attention turned to Ighalo, who will now follow big-money signing Bruno Fernandes into the club.

The 30-year-old, who grew up as a United fan idolising Dwight Yorke and Andrew Cole, is set to join on loan for the remainder of the season.

"Odion is an experienced player. He will come in and give us an option of a different type of centre-forward for the short spell he's staying with us," Solskjaer said.

"A great lad and very professional, he will make the most of his time here."

United are not believed to have the option to make the loan deal permanent for a player whose attempt to leave China earlier in the week was reportedly thwarted by the knock-on effect of the coronavirus outbreak.

Bowen has moved to Upton Park on a five-and-a-half-year contract for a fee understood to be around PS20 million ($A39 million).

Hammers boss David Moyes was desperate to add some firepower to his relegation-threatened side, and is reported to have beaten Crystal Palace to the 23-year-old's signature.

"When you score goals like he does, and in the numbers he does, in the Championship, it will give you a great chance of scoring goals in the Premier League," Moyes told the club website.

Those deals came at the end of a quiet deadline day.

Arsenal were only other member of the English Premier League's big six clubs to make a significant signing - the Gunners bolstering their defence by adding Southampton's 28-year-old Portugal right-back Cedric Soares on a loan deal until the end of the season.

Manchester City defender Angelino, who has made 12 appearances for Pep Guardiola's side in all competitions this season, has joined Bundesliga high-flyers RB Leipzig on loan with option to buy.

Elsewhere, Liverpool and Chelsea bosses Jurgen Klopp and Frank Lampard ruled out any further activity before the window shut at 11pm (local time), while Real Madrid dismissed suggestions Gareth Bale could make a big-money return to Tottenham.

Lampard also quashed speculation that Olivier Giroud was set to leave Chelsea having been linked with a shock move to London rivals Tottenham.

Nineteen-year-old defender Tariq Lamptey has left Stamford Bridge, though, to join Brighton on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

Wolves completed the signing of Rochdale's 17-year-old defender Luke Matheson, who was immediately loaned back to Rochdale for the rest of the season.

Sheffield United made their fourth and fifth signings of the window as they brought in Dutchman Richairo Zivkovic on loan from Chinese club Changchun Yatai and Greek defender Panos Retsos on loan from Bayer Leverkusen.

Ravel Morrison has left the club to join Middlesbrough on loan for the rest of the season.

Aston Villa signed striker Borja Baston on a free transfer from English Championship club Swansea.

Leicester loaned Ryan Bennett from Wolves while Crystal Palace striker Connor Wickham moved to Sheffield Wednesday on loan for the rest of the season.

Wigan defender Antonee Robinson saw his dream move to AC Milan collapse in heartbreaking circumstances as the appropriate medical tests could not be concluded before the 8pm (local time) deadline in Italy.