Manchester United close to signing Dutch striker after shock talks

As Erik ten Hag searches for a new centre forward, Manchester United are considering a surprise move for Burnley striker Wout Weghorst.

Several reports have stated that Wout Weghorst moving to Manchester United is on the cards.

The first outlet to report on the situation was Foot Mercato in France, which said Weghorst’s signing by United was “nearly complete.”

The Athletic adds that although preliminary discussions have taken place, a difficult deal awaits United.

Weghorst is on loan at Besiktas, who have the option to purchase the Dutch striker for €10 million (£8.8 million).

This implies that in order for Burnley and Besiktas to agree to end his spell in Turkey, which is difficult, any loan to United would need their approval.

Weghorst has already stated that he wants the shift to take place this month, says Fabrizio Romano.

Even though his giant compatriot struggled at Turf Moor last year, Ten Hag is really eager to recruit him. 

He thinks he can strengthen an offence that has to be strengthened in the wake of Ronaldo’s departure by adding some much-needed physicality and natural aggression.

Additionally, the United scouting team has been impressed with the striker’s demeanour, according to The Athletic.

He takes pride in being one of the fittest players among teammates, and character evaluations have revealed that he has a burning drive to get better—qualities that will undoubtedly be helpful under Ten Hag’s guidance.

Weghorst, 30, has played 21 times for Besiktas this season and has scored 10 goals.

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