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‘Almost closed’… Manchester United reportedly on verge of shock 6ft 6″ striker deal

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Manchester United are being linked with a surprise move for Dutch international striker Wout Weghorst.

French outlet Footmercato claim Manchester United are negotiating with Burnley over a loan deal, and claim the deal is ‘almost closed’.

Weghorst has been on loan at Turkish side Besiktas, and this deal is reportedly set to be terminated, so the United move can advance.

The striker has scored eight goals in 16 Super Lig games for Besiktas this season, plus four assists.

READ: Confirmed Manchester United transfers in, out, loan deals for January 2023

Holland  v Argentina  -World Cup

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Weghorst signed for Burnley from Wolfsburg last January for £12 million, but could not help them avoid relegation – although did provide an assist against Manchester United.

He had no intention of playing Championship football and was keen to be loaned out this season, and has rediscovered his scoring touch.

Weghorst showed his quality at the World Cup by scoring a brace against Argentina to send the tie to extra-time.

The 30-year-old has 170 club career goals to his name and is a physically imposing forward at 6ft 6″.

He would provide a very different ‘plan B’ for United up front and would give Erik ten Hag added flexibility.

United are short of a striker after Cristiano Ronaldo left the club, while Anthony Martial is renowned for being injury-prone.

Ten Hag will be well aware for the former AZ Alkmaar and Heracles forward from his time in the Eredivisie, and if this move goes ahead, it could be a savvy loan deal for United.

He would become United’s second signing this month, following a deal for goalkeeper Jack Butland.

Wout Weghorst profile

  • Full name: Wout Francois Maria Weghorst
  • Age: 30
  • Height: 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)
  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Date of birth: 7th August 1992
  • Place of birth: Borne, Netherlands
  • Position: Striker
  • Club: Burnley, on loan at Besiktas

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