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Ten Hag tells Man Utd to sign £40m striker alongside Harry Kane

Manchester United are looking to sign Atalanta striker Rasmus Hojlund and Tottenham’s Harry Kane this summer, according to reports.

Erik ten Hag has made it clear that United will be in the market for a new striker in the summer transfer window and the Tottenham star is believed to be the club’s top target.

But, The Times claims that Ten Hag is also keen to sign ‘an up-and-coming forward’ to strengthen his attacking options.

The report claims that Hojlund is on the Red Devils shortlist and could be available for around £40m this summer.

Hojlund signed for Atalanta in a €17m (£15m) deal from Strum Graz last August and the 20-year-old has scored eight goals in his first campaign in Italy.

The 6ft 3in forward has also been impressive at international level, scoring five goals in four matches for Denmark so far.

Speaking last month, Atalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini admitted that the Serie A team could struggle to keep Hojlund for another season.

‘From the technical standpoint and in other areas, I have seen very few strikers who are as strong as him at 20 years old,’ Gasperini said.

‘He has considerable room for improvement, for instance in the air, inside the box, or with the final pass.

‘Nowadays, once this type of player emerges, the top European clubs generally swoop in with offers that are hard to turn down for a team like Atalanta.’

Meanwhile, Ten Hag says Man United are ‘working hard in the background’ ahead of the summer window.

‘Of course, we do our job in the background,’ Ten Hag said. ‘But to talk about [it] or [if] we can be concrete and we can present something, we would do it immediately. But in the background, we are working hard.

‘But for now, it’s about games, getting into the Champions League, and then we have an FA Cup [final].

‘For me it’s about, yeah, finance. That there is the money available to do the right things. ‘But first of all, we have to be in the Champions League and be in the top four. That is our focus.’


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