Manchester United target Wout Weghorst as striker signing

Wout Weghorst has emerged as the likeliest striker to join Man United on loan in the January transfer window.
Manchester United are advancing with a potential loan move for Burnley striker Wout Weghorst.

Weghorst, 30, is on loan at Besiktas, where he has scored eight goals in 16 games, but United manager Erik ten Hag has earmarked the Dutchman as an ideal support striker for Anthony Martial.
Besiktas have a €10million option to sign Weghorst and Burnley did not insert a recall clause. The lack of a recall option may require negotiation between all three clubs.

Burnley are understood to have received an enquiry about Weghorst from United on Thursday, the day before he scored Besiktas’s winner against Kasimpasa.

Weghorst appeared to wave goodbye to the Besiktas fans, much to the chagrin of coach Senol Gunes. “For Weghorst to say goodbye, he not only has to greet the audience but also needs to talk to the club,” Gunes said. “Nothing like that happened formally. I heard about the development but it’s not clear yet.”

United want to sign a No.9 on loan due to budgeting constraints and a lack of attainable top-class options. Besiktas have covered Weghorst’s wages in full but did not pay a loan fee.

Weghorst is aligned with Ten Hag’s transfer strategy of favouring players familiar to him or schooled in the Netherlands. Ten Hag and Weghorst also both hail from the Twente region.

Burnley signed Weghorst for ÂŁ12million in January 2022 but he only scored two goals in 20 games as the Clarets were relegated after six years in the Premier League.

Weghorst scored both of the Netherlands’ goals in their pulsating 2-2 draw with Argentina in their World Cup quarter-final and also converted his penalty in the shootout.

Despite Weghorst’s World Cup pedigree, he started the tournament behind Tottenham reject Vincent Janssen and Cody Gakpo, of interest to United before they passed on the chance to sign him from PSV Eindhoven.

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