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Man United ‘leading the race’ for bargain-buy striker and more transfer rumours

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Manchester United are ‘leading the race’ to sign Borussia Monchengladbach striker Marcus Thuram in this month’s transfer window. That is according to a report by German news outlet Bild, who say that United, who brought 2022 to an end with a 1-0 win over Wolves at Molineux on Saturday, are heading up the queue to try and secure the French international’s signature. The Reds are determined to strengthen their attacking options this month following Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit from the club in late-November. United, despite the recent form of Marcus Rashford, have struggled to score goals at a rapid rate this season and are in desperate need of strengthen their forward line this month. They have scored just 24 goals in the Premier League this season. READ MORE: Cody Gakpo makes United admission after sealing Liverpool move Thuram, who is 25, is out-of-contract at Monchengladbach at the end of this season and is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal, meaning the German club could be left with no choice but to cash-in on him this month, avoiding the prospect of losing him for free in the summer. The report claims that United, as a result of his contract status, could land him for less than £11million. The Frenchman, who made five appearances for his country at the World Cup in Qatar, claiming two assists, has been in excellent form for Monchengladbach this season, scoring 13 goals in just 17 appearances. He has also registered four assists. Only Christopher Nkunku, who is poised to swap RB Leipzig for Chelsea this year, has scored more Bundesliga goals than Thuram this term. The striker joined Monchengladbach from Guingamp back in July 2019. Meanwhile, French giants Marseille are said to be ‘interested’ in signing United midfielder Hannibal Mejbri. That is according to a report by The Sun, who claim that the Ligue 1 club have added the youngster to their transfer wish list. The 19-year-old, who joined United from French outfit AS Monaco back in August 2019, is currently on loan at Championship side Birmingham City. He joined the Blues during the summer and has, to date, made 19 appearances, chipping in with three assists. United allowed Hannibal to join the Championship outfit on a season-long loan deal to allow him to test himself in a first-team environment week-in, week-out. Birmingham supporters have quickly fallen in love with the Tunisian, often expressing their disbelief that they have been able to borrow him for the campaign. United’s decision to send him out on loan has alerted Marseille, as well as other clubs, that it could present an opening for them to sign him on a permanent basis. He has made three first-team appearances for the Reds, two of which were awarded to him under Ralf Rangnick last season. READ NEXT: All the latest United news, views and transfer updates How United have turned a former weakness into their biggest strength Bruno Fernandes has given Erik ten Hag a fresh challenge at United United’s next six fixtures compared with their rivals Newcastle recall Martin Dubravka from United loan Story SavedYou can find this story in  My Bookmarks.Or by navigating to the user icon in the top right.

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