Jan 29, 2023

Manchester United Reach Agreement To Sign Wout Weghorst

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As a result, the Turkish club demanded compensation in return for allowing their centre forward to return to England.

FILE PHOTO: Wout Weghorst impressed for the Netherlands at the World Cup - but appears a strange signing for Man Utd on the surface. PICTURE: AFP via Getty Images

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MANCHESTER: Weghorst has completed his move to Manchester United after a deal was agreed upon in principle on Wednesday.

The 30-year-old Netherlands striker was first linked with United as a potential January target last week, although the deal was likely to be complicated to complete due to the fact he is currently on loan at Besiktas, with no break clause.

As a result, the Turkish club demanded compensation in return for allowing their centre forward to return to England.

In addition, they also requested that they have the opportunity to source a replacement. They have been in talks with Vincent Aboubakar over a move, but the Manchester Evening News claimed that the deal was being held up to the free-agent striker requesting the same wage he was on at his previous club Al Nassr.

Having joined Burnley from Bundesliga side Wolfsburg last January, Weghorst scored two goals in 20 Premier League appearances for the Clarets, but he couldn’t prevent the Turf Moor outfit from getting relegated to the Championship.

With the 19-time Netherlands international not keen on plying his trade in the second tier of English football, he spent the first half of the 2022-23 campaign with Besiktas, but he now looks Old Trafford bound.

The towering striker scored two goals against eventual champions Argentina in the World Cup quarter-finals.

With no major funds available in the January transfer window after splashing out a club record outlay in the summer, Erik ten Hag was forced to explore the loan market to fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo.

United must register Weghorst by 12pm on Friday for him to be available for the Manchester derby on Saturday.

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