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Manchester United has confirmed the transfer of Wout Weghorst.
Weghorst’s departure has been confirmed.
Wout Weghorst has joined Manchester United on loan from Burnley for the remainder of the season.
The 30-year-old has signed from the Clarets to fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure, who had his contract canceled by mutual consent in November.
Weghorst had been on loan at Besiktas until the end of the season, but United paid the Turkish club £2.6 million to cancel their agreement with the Clarets early, allowing the attacker to complete his move to United.
United is under no duty or choice to make the transaction permanent in the summer.
“I consider myself fortunate to be joining Manchester United. I’ve played against the club before, and it’s an incredible feeling to now be able to don the renowned red shirt “Weghorst stated.
“I’ve observed United’s growth under Erik ten Hag this season and can’t wait to start contributing to the team’s success.
“Whatever happens in the next several months, I can guarantee to give everything to the club for as long as I am here. I’d like to thank everyone who has helped me get to this point, and I’m looking forward to meeting my new teammates and getting involved right immediately.”
Weghorst’s “strong personality,” according to United’s football director John Murtough, was part of his appeal.
“Wout has a steady goalscoring record across multiple European leagues, and his qualities will offer a new dimension to our group for the rest of the season,” said the club “He stated.
“We were also drawn to him because of his strong personality and passionate attitude to football, which fits perfectly with the ethos Erik is cultivating among our squad. He has expressed a strong desire to join Manchester United and contribute to the club’s success this season.”
Besiktas had the option to acquire the striker, who had nine goals in 18 games for them this season, at the end of the season, and there was no recall clause in that agreement.
United had to negotiate with Besiktas to convince them to end Weghorst’s stay in Turkey this month, and then reach a deal with Burnley for the Dutch striker to join them for the remainder of the 2022/23 season.
Ten Hag wanted the recruitment of a forward in January but was told he could only bring in a loan player due to United’s lack of funds after spending £225 million in the summer transfer window.
Weghorst was regarded as a low-cost option, and talks between United and Burnley about a potential trade began in mid-December.
The 6ft 6ins forward scored twice for Holland in their World Cup quarter-final loss to Argentina last month, and once he learned of United’s interest, he was keen to seal the deal.
He scored two goals in 20 Premier League appearances for the Clarets last season, and his career total is 171 goals in 407 games.