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Weghorst in talks over shock Man Utd move after waving goodbye to fans

Manchester United are reportedly in discussions to sign Netherlands striker Wout Weghorst on loan for the rest of the campaign.

The 30-year-old, on loan at Besiktas from Burnley this season, has scored eight goals in 17 games for the Turkish side this season but appeared to wave goodbye to the fans after his goal against Kasimpasa on Saturday.

It came amid reports from Foot Mercato claiming United are making huge progress on a deal to sign the Dutch star on loan until the end of the season, with Erik ten Hag keen for reinforcements in attack.

The report claims the deal is close to being agreed between all parties with ten Hag believing the player would be an good addition for the rest of the 2022-23 campaign.

The striker, who scored a brace for his country against Argentina in the World Cup quarter-final, would cut short his loan with Besiktas to complete the move to Old Trafford.

Weghorst signed for Burnley from Wolfsburg in January last year but scored just two goals as the Clarets were relegated from the Premier League.

Ten Hag has made signing a new forward option a priority in January but after spending £200m in the summer transfer window, they will be limited to loan options.

United have also explored a deal to sign Joao Felix but Atletico Madrid’s demands over a loan fee have prevented any move from being agreed between the two sides.

Foot Mercato also claim Vincent Aboubakar was also considered by United. That report also comes amid news that Al-Nassr have released the striker in order to make room to register Cristiano Ronaldo in their squad.

RMC report claim the former Porto forward has had his contract terminated. And Ten Hag has spoken of his desire to bring in a striker.

‘We are always in the market but it has to match not just the sporting criteria but also the financial criteria,’ ten Hag said last week. ‘We do what we can to bring in that player that we need.’

He added: ‘We are looking for offensive players, we are looking for a striker. It would be good because the games coming, there are so many, every third day.

‘It is tough. we want to play in all the leagues we are in so hopefully we keep going [in them] until the end of the season but to do that we need numbers in the squad to cover it all.’”

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