- Manchester United will almost certainly look to sign a new striker in the upcoming transfer window
- After missing out on Darwin Nunez and Cody Gakpo, the Red Devils will need to be more proactive
- Wout Weghorst's loan deal is unlikely to be extended, with the Dutchman failing to impress as expected
Wout Weghorst gave himself a scathing assessment after drawing yet another blank against European minnows Gibraltar in the Euro qualifiers.
His struggles in front of goal have made it more imperative that he is not a striker Erik ten Hag can rely on long-term as part of the project he is building at Old Trafford.
He was roped in as a stop-gap measure after Cristiano Ronaldo left and Anthony Martial's incessant injuries, but the Dutchman has done little to inspire confidence. Against Gibraltar, he had eight shots on target, with none going in despite playing the full 90 minutes.
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Manchester United might be in take-over talks at the moment, but the necessity of having a proven number 9 keeps growing day by day. Sports Brief takes a look at who the club can approach to alleviate their striking concerns. Marcus Rashford has done well so far but he will need help.
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1. Harry Kane
The England captain is easily the right answer to any team in the world looking for a potent striker. With Tottenham set to go yet another season trophyless, the 29-year-old needs to make a decision on whether to stick in North London or move elsewhere.
The good thing about landing Kane is that you get a playmaker, a finisher and a leader all in one.
2. Victor Osimhen
The Nigerian hitman hasn't been shy of talking up his chances of moving to England. Currently enjoying the best season of his career, Napoli will have a hard time retaining their top scorer next season.
His physicality in the Serie A shows a person who can cope with the rigours of the Premier League.
3. Rasmus Højlund
Another Serie A product. Højlund announced himself on the international stage by scoring five times in two games for Denmark.
A self-confessed Manchester United fan, Højlund has been described as a version 2.0 of the machine that is Erling Haaland.
4. Ivan Toney
Toney has slowly gone about his business since Brentford gained promotion two seasons ago. It was thought that the pace of the top division would get to him, but the 27-year-old has gone from strength to strength under Thomas Frank.
However, signing Toney is like signing a ticking time bomb with the dark cloud of his betting charges hanging over him. He could be banned from competitive football for a long time.
5. Goncalo Ramos
How befitting will it be for Manchester United to sign another fledgling Portuguese talent? Ramos was the biggest beneficiary of Fernando Santos' decision to drop Ronaldo at the Qatar World Cup.
He also took full advantage of Darwin Nunez's move to Liverpool to exact his dominance in an impressive Benfica side. He is the youngest of all the options herein, but he is a striker ten Hag could mould to fit his needs.
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Sports Brief has also reported that Manchester United are at risk of missing out on Champions League football next season if a takeover happens.
Current owners, The Glazers, are said to be looking for a buyer, with prospective buyers expected to fork out a whopping £7 billion for the sale to happen.
Sheikh Jassim and British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe are among the leading bidders in the sale plan.