Jan 07, 2023 at 8:46 PMUpdate: 4 minutes ago
Wout Weghorst seems to be making a dream transfer to manager Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United. The English record champion would be in talks with his employer Burnley to hire the striker until the end of the season, The Athletic and Tubantia report.
Thirty-year-old Weghorst has been playing for Besiktas on a rental basis since last summer. Burnley would like to take him from Istanbul and then loan him to Manchester United. The Ten Hag club is looking for a new striker after the departure of star Cristiano Ronaldo.
Weghorst seemed to be preparing for a departure from Besiktas on Saturday. The striker scored the 2-0 against Kasimpasa and then shouted “bye, bye” to the supporters of Besiktas. He also made a heart gesture.
Weghorst has been in great shape in recent weeks. The striker already proved this in the quarterfinals against Argentina at the World Cup in Qatar. As a substitute, he scored twice in the final phase of the legendary match and guided the Netherlands to extra time. The Dutch lost after penalties against the later world champion. Weghorst did use his penalty.
At Besiktas, Weghorst then continued to score. In three of the four games after the World Cup, the striker was accurate for the Turkish top club, putting him on Manchester United’s radar. He has already scored eight times in the Turkish Süper Lig this season.
Wout Weghorst scored on Saturday for Besiktas, which hires him from Burnley. Photo: Getty Images
Weghorst has had a wonderful career
A move to Manchester United would be another surprise in Weghorst’s prodigious career. The Borne-born player only got a professional contract at the age of twenty with FC Emmen, which played in the Eerste Divisie at the time.
After two seasons in Emmen, Weghorst moved to Heracles Almelo. Surprisingly enough, he scored frequently at the highest level in the Netherlands in Almelo. He would also surprise friend and foe in his further career.
AZ gave Weghorst a chance in the sub-top of the Netherlands and that choice turned out great. The striker scored 35 times in two seasons and thus earned a transfer to VfL Wolfsburg, which paid no less than 10 million euros for him.
Weghorst also made a name for itself in Germany. In four seasons in the Bundesliga, he scored 59 goals, arousing the interest of Premier League club Burnley in January last year. The club paid 17.5 million euros for him.
Unlike in other countries, Weghorst was unable to make an impression in England. He was relegated from the Premier League with Burnley and then rented out to Besiktas to stay in the picture with the Orange for the World Cup. Now that that plan has succeeded, the best transfer ever in his career is dawning.
Wout Weghorst played for FC Emmen ten years ago. Photo: Pro Shots
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