Man Utd’s January transfer priority revealed amid ‘concerns’ over Ten Hag signing

Robin Bairner
Robin Bairner
  • 3 Nov 2023 10:30 GMT
  • 3 min read
Erik ten Hag, Manchester United
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Manchester United have made signing a striker to offer Rasmus Hojlund support their priority for the January transfer window.

The Daily Mail reports that the Red Devils have “concerns” with how the 20-year-old has started life at Old Trafford following an €80 million summer move from Serie A side Atalanta.

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Hojlund has yet to score a Premier League goal, while Man Utd find themselves in turmoil after a dreadful start to the season that sees them eighth in the standings after losing five of their opening 10 matches.

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With just 11 goals scored, Erik ten Hag’s side post the worst attack in the top 12 and also have the worst goal difference among this bracket of clubs.

As such, the report indicates that Hojlund is set to be given the opportunity to work alongside a more experience player, with Anthony Martial not cutting the mustard as his struggles for both form and fitness go on.

Man Utd have certainly not given up on the young Denmark striker, but there is a belief that he will only be able to reach his potential if he is given a more experienced figure to work alongside.

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Which striker will Man Utd sign?

Man Utd are known to be looking at Brentford striker Ivan Toney as well as Napoli’s Victor Osimhen. In the summer, they were rumoured to be after Porto’s Mehdi Taremi, but these whispers quickly died.

Toney will be a difficult deal to strike for the Red Devils, given the interest from Arsenal and big-spending Chelsea, while Napoli have made it clear that they have no intention of parting with Osimhen in January, despite complications over his contract talks with his deal due to expire in 2025.

These transfers are further complicated by the fact that Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s minority ownership of Man Utd is unlikely to be completed in time to fund any January transfer moves.

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