Netherlands striker Voute Weghorst is on his way to Manchester United to finalize his loan move from Burnley after ending his stay at Besiktas.
The 30-year-old has been on loan at the Turkish club but has decided to move to Old Trafford until the end of the season.
Turkish sources said Sky Sports News Weghorst visited the Besiktas offices on Thursday morning to sign the documents to end his loan deal at the club.
Weghost will now head to Manchester to complete a loan move to United after a deal was agreed in principle on Wednesday.
United manager Erik ten Hoag has been searching for a replacement for the striker since Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract was mutually terminated during the World Cup following his explosive interview. Talk TV.
Weghorst must be registered by 12pm on Friday to be available for Saturday’s Manchester derby.
It’s no secret that United want to sign a number 9 and Weghorst represents an option they haven’t got in the squad – a physical presence as well as a strong scoring record at club and international level.
The 6ft 6in striker has scored nine goals in 18 games for Besiktas this season and scored the winner in Saturday’s 2-1 Super Lig win over Casimpasa. After he scored, Weghorst gave an emotional farewell to the club’s fans.
United were in the market for Weghorst’s profile player in the summer and were interested in Sasa Kalajdzic and Benjamin Cesko.
Why do Man Utd want Weghorst?
United are desperate to sign the striker on loan in the January window after severing ties with Cristiano Ronaldo during the World Cup, with the player criticizing the club and manager Erik ten Haag in an explosive interview with Piers Morgan.
The striker scored twice for the Netherlands in the World Cup quarter-finals against eventual winners Argentina, the second with one of the most dramatic goals in the history of the competition – an inventive free-kick pass to send the game level. High time.
The former Wolfsburg star scored eight goals and registered four assists in 16 league games in Turkey.
Those figures are in stark contrast to his returns in the Premier League with Burnley when he managed just two goals in 20 games – but his extensive play during that period provides evidence of Ten Haag’s current interest in the player.
The graphic below shows every shot and chance Weghorst created last time out at Burnley, and reveals that he has only had nine shots on target from 25 attempts in his 20 appearances – a conversion rate of eight per cent, or the equivalent of 728 minutes per goal.
Ten Hoag: Martial can’t handle the load – we need another striker
Speaking on Friday, Manchester United manager Erik ten Hoag said he needed to bring in attacking cover for Marcus Rashford, with Anthony Martial struggling to handle the load.
Martial had an interrupted pre-season and has been unable to complete 90 minutes this term as a result of an injury-interrupted campaign.
“There’s a reason [Martial has been substituted in his last seven games]. Because he can’t handle the load,” Ten Haag said. “That’s why we’re looking for another striker.
“It’s not that we don’t rely on him, his physical load, at the moment, is not so much that he can play, every third day, a 90-minute game. So I have to manage it with him.
“We’re on a very thin line right now because Anthony Martial’s attributes are so important to our game right now. His movement, his ball security, his pressing, don’t forget that. We have to have that profile as a threat.
“Also, Marcus Rashford will benefit from that. So I’m not worried about Marcus being the only one scoring goals, because I’ve convinced the other players. [can score too].
“Not just Anthony Martial, Anthony scored [in the 3-1 FA Cup win against Everton]. Bruno Fernandes can also score, Christian Eriksen can create and score goals. So we have more players who can score goals.”
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