Former Newcastle Utd and West Bromwich striker Salomon Rondon has revealed Manchester United were interested in signing him on the transfer deadline day in January before the club went on to sign Odion Ighalo on loan from Shanghai Shenhua.
“There was something. It was not smoke,” he told Spanish publication Diario AS. “They were rumours and very strong.
“In the end, it could not be specified and now I have to focus on Dalian.”
Rondon, who has scored 35 goals in 140 Premier League appearances for Newcastle and West Brom, has been busy playing in the Chinese Super League for Dalian Professional F.C. for the past seven months.
“It was all out of my hands,” the 30-year-old said of his failed move to Old Trafford in an interview with The Athletic.
“It means a lot to be linked with Manchester United because they have a great history and it must mean they think I did well in the Premier League.
“They started to talk to my agent and I was just waiting by my phone for a decision, maybe for the lawyers, but then I saw Ighalo had signed. It didn’t get to the stage where an offer was made or anything like that, but I think it was really close.”
Ighalo, meanwhile, has already made his debut for the club as a second-half substitute in our 2-0 win over Chelsea. The 30-year-old could start for United for the first time in the Europa League clash with Club Brugge on Thursday.