Manchester United’s search for a striker that started midway through the season following Cristiano Ronaldo’s abrupt exit is approaching a conclusive stage.
The Red Devils explored the possibility of signing the likes of Cody Gakpo and Joao Felix during the winter window. But after the massive outlay during the summer transfer window, United refused to go head to head with Liverpool for Gakpo’s signature, and have so far shown no indication of meeting Atletico Madrid’s demands for Felix.
United are now working on signing Wout Weghorst. And their move for the striker who scored two goals in 20 Premier League appearances for Burnley last campaign, has led to ‘disbelief’ in the Netherlands, according to Dutch newspaper AD (via SportWitness), who report the player is ‘on his way’ to England’s northwest.
Further, The Independent suggest United have agreed the fundamentals of a loan deal with Burnley. But an agreement with Besiktas, where Weghorst moved on a temporary basis following his parent club’s relegation to the Championship, is yet to be reached.
The Netherlands international, whose two late goals forced a dramatic quarter-final tie against Argentina in early December, has been an influential attacking outlet for Besiktas, having scored nine goals in 18 games. As such, the Turkish side want to sort out their own situation before sanctioning his move to United.
Weghorst is very keen to join Erik ten Hag, who akin to the 30-year-old hails from the Twente region, and has informed Besiktas this is too good an opportunity to turn down.