United have made an offer to Burnley, which has been passed on to the Turkish giants, but Besiktas – who currently sit fifth in Super Lig – have rejected the proposal. They are determined to keep the 30-year-old until the end of the season, and even released a statement on the matter on Monday.
Weghorst, who has scored nine goals in 18 games for Besiktas, is thought to be keen on a move to United, but with his current loan club thought to possess a 10million option to sign him permanently at the end of the season, it still remains unclear what the eventual outcome will be. Furthermore, his loan deal from Burnley to Besiktas doesn&apost include a recall clause.
The Manchester Evening News understands that United and Burnley first spoke about a loan move for the striker ahead of the Carabao Cup clash between the two clubs on December 21. With United only looking to sign a striker on loan this month, Erik ten Hag identified Weghorst as his number one target.
In order for the player to make the move to Old Trafford, United would have to pay a fee to Burnley, which would then be sent to Bestikas, to terminate his current deal. Then, the Reds would negotiatie with the Championship club over a fresh deal for the remainder of this season.
While the Netherlands international endured a difficult time with the Clarets after joining from Wolfsburg – scoring just twice – he has been impressive in Turkey, and also scored twice for his country in their penalty shootout defeat to Argentina in the World Cup.
He has never been short of praise in his career, with United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy last year explaining that Weghorst is the type of striker who any manager would love to have in their side.
“Its a strength that we have that we have a 6ft 6in striker,” he told The Mail. “Sometimes we need a striker like that for the hold-up play, for games with a lot of crosses or someone players can use to play around him.”
United&aposs current attackers all share similar attributes. While they have impressed as a unit, especially in recent months, the addition of a different type of player would certainly benefit the Reds. Weghorst would be able to hold the ball up, and if needed, allows the team to go long on occasions. He does not fit the typical mould of a United frontman, but the Dutchman would bring a completely different dimension to the team&aposs attack.
Harm Hensens, team manager of Weghorsts first professional club FC Emmen, who played in Hollands second tier, shares a similar opinion to Van Nistelrooy. He praised the forward&aposs determination to improve and better himself – even if he didn&apost start as a &apostalented&apos player.
“He was not so talented at the beginning but after training he worked for himself at the gym, on the pitch, getting stronger, getting better,” explained Hensens. “He would do a lot of free-kicks, go with another player after training and work on his passing. Everything to get better technique. It was his own idea.
“All those young guys, normally they might go directly home but he wanted to work himself. It was good to see.”