Ferdinand tells Man Utd to sign £53m striker over Weghorst and recommends summer signing

Date published: Tuesday 10th January 2023 8:37 - Joe Williams

Man Utd legend Rio Ferdinand looks serious

Rio Ferdinand has made a last-minute striker recommendation as Man Utd reportedly close in on the signing of Wout Weghorst.

The Netherlands international is on loan at Besiktas from Championship side Burnley with a report yesterday claiming he is ‘on his way’ to Man Utd.

Weghorst has scored eight goals and provided four assists in 16 matches for the Turkish club this season, while he climbed off the bench to score two goals in four substitute appearances for the Netherlands at the World Cup.

Besiktas want compensation before allowing Weghorst to go back to Burnley and the Turkish side claimed yesterday that there is no break clause in their loan agreement.

A statement from the club read: “The claim that there is an exit clause in our player’s contract, stating that his contract can be terminated with a compensation of 2.5 million euros (£2.2million) in case of an offer from the Premier League, is fictitious.

“The news that the player in question will leave the team on Tuesday is completely untrue. The initiative regarding Wout Weghorst belongs entirely to Besiktas.”

Weghorst is still expected to seal a deal to Old Trafford but Ferdinand thinks Man Utd should go for Porto striker Mehdi Taremi – who has a £53m release clause in his contract – instead with the Iran international contributing 14 goals and seven assists in 20 matches in all competitions this term.

When asked about Weghorst potentially joining the Red Devils on loan, Ferdinand told his Vibe with Five YouTube channel: “I’d have gone and got Taremi in from Porto.”

Harry Kane has been linked with moves away from Tottenham over the last couple of years and Ferdinand thinks he should be United’s top target in the summer.

“Get Harry Kane in, Spurs fans I’m sorry, you’re not going to win anything, he ain’t going to win anything at Spurs,” Ferdinand said.

“They’re in a bit of turmoil at the minute. Man United, in the summer, let’s go and find a No.9 for the next three or four years to hang our hat on, to get you 20, 25 goals a season every year, where are you going?

“If you go outside the Premier League it’s a risk, I don’t care what level, unless you’re talking to [Kylian] Mbappe. Outside that everything’s a risk.

“It’s massive money, 100 million, 120 million, [Victor] Osimhen, you’re getting charged. You’re paying big dough for these guys.

“You’re going to have to pay big money for Harry Kane but at least you know you’re getting a man who’s getting you 20, 25 goals a season. We can ask, ‘does he suit the play?’, the man scores 20, 25 goals. Harry Kane can’t be going anywhere but Man United.”

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