Wout Weghorst has started every game since he joined the club on loan from Burnley roughly two months ago but despite Erik ten Hag’s reliance on the forward, the Reds are unlikely to make that move permanent.
Instead, it is increasingly likely that Weghorst will return to Burnley at the end of this season and United will instead move to sign a long-term striker option.
Tottenham star Harry Kane are among the players to be linked with a move to United but recently, Victor Osimhen has been backed to become the second Nigerian player to represent the club, following in Odion Ighalo’s footsteps.
Osimhen is the top scorer in Serie A and is the catalyst behind Napoli’s stunning season, in which they are on course to win the Serie A title.
Speaking recently, former United striker Louis Saha has urged United to make a move for the former Lille man.
“Victor Osimhen is another striker we’ve seen that is linked with Manchester United and I believe that he’s a United fan, which would work nicely. It’s clear to see that with the style of play that Erik Ten Hag likes to play, there is room for improvement in the striker position,” Saha told Paddy Power, via the Express.
“I don’t see Wout Weghorst being a threat up top on his own, like what we’ve seen in the past with Andy Cole and Ruud van Nistelrooy, who could score goals on their own, and that’s not the strength of Weghorst.”
Osimhen has just two years remaining on his contract at Napoli but a move for the 24-year-old is still likely to set United back a hefty sum, with some reports claiming it would take as much as £90m to pry him away from the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium.
United’s spending power in the transfer market will be dictated by the impending sale of the club and should an agreement be reached in time, it’s likely that the new owners would give the green light for another summer of heavy spending and strengthening.
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