The Dutch revolution is on at Old Trafford with Wout Weghorst being the latest player linked over a potential winter transfer, Turkish journalist Gokhan Dinc has reported. Manchester United are aiming for a quick fix following Cristiano Ronaldo’s controversial exit and the Netherlands international, currently on loan at Besiktas from Burnley, has emerged as a serious target to add more firepower high up the pitch.
The 6 ft 6 in ‘number 9′ is also desperate for the move as he is willing to pay the compensation fee out of his own pocket to accelerate the transfer. The Red Devils are in conversation with both Burnley and Besiktas in an attempt to find an agreement sooner rather than later.
The Clarets roped him in last winter from VfL Wolfsburg as they were battling for survival under Sean Dyche. But the Dutchman failed to turn things around at Turf Moor with only two goals in 20 Premier League appearances. He joined the Black Eagles on a season-long loan and his red-hot form in the Super Lig earned him a place in the Netherlands’ FIFA World Cup squad in the backend of 2022.
Why Manchester United Must Tie Him Down
Weghorst’s stunning brace against Argentina brought his nation back into the quarter-final contest before being knocked out in the tie-breaker. He has fired 9 goals and registered 4 assists for Besiktas in 18 appearances across competitions and his aerial, as well as physical supremacy in and around the box, would be a lethal weapon for Erik ten Hag.
The 30-year-old centre-forward began his senior career with Emmen in Eerste Divisie. He was roped in by top-tier outfit Heracles Almelo after a couple of years and his poaching trait in front of the goal saw him plying his trade at AZ in the summer of 2016. His impressive scoring form in the Eredivisie led to a transfer to Bundesliga. After more than three years, 144 appearances and 70 goals, Weghorst left Wolfsburg for Premier League in a staggering £12m transfer.
Although it did not go as per plan, he could still revive his career in England with a sensational return. Manchester United have revived their mojo under Ten Hag who is already making things work with his personality and philosophy along with some smart transfer business. Weghorst is unlikely to start games week in and week out, but his impact as the ‘target man’ would offer a different kind of threat compared to what the gaffer currently has in his armoury.