Man Utd sign Weghorst on loan for rest of season

Man Utd sign Weghorst on loan for rest of season

Manchester United have signed Dutch attacker Wout Weghorst for the remainder of the season on loan.

The 30-year-old Burnley player went out on loan at Besiktas in Turkey, but he finished his stay early to sign with Old Trafford.

In 16 league games for Besiktas, Weghorst scored eight goals, sent out four assists, and added a single goal in two Turkish Cup contests.

“I feel privileged to be joining Manchester United,” said Weghorst.

“I’ve played against the club in the past and it’s a fantastic feeling to now have the chance to pull on the famous red shirt. I’ve seen United’s progress under Erik ten Hag this season and can’t wait to start playing my part in pushing the team towards its aims.”

Manchester United are paying Burnley a loan fee of around £2.6m, with the Clarets paying €2.825m (£2.5m) to Besiktas.

The Red Devils are covering Weghorst’s wages in full as part of the deal, with no option or obligation to buy.

“Whatever happens in the next few months, I can promise to give everything to the club for as long as I am here,” added Weghorst.

“I thank everyone who has played a part in getting me to this stage, and now I am looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and getting involved straight away.”

Weghorst’s most recent goal came in a 2-1 win against Kasimpasa on 7 January and after that game he appeared to wave goodbye to Besiktas’ fans.

He joined Burnley last January in a £12m move from German side Wolfsburg, but only scored twice as the Clarets were relegated from the Premier League to the Championship.

Weghorst was part of the Dutch squad at the 2022 World Cup and his two late goals against Argentina levelled their epic World Cup quarter-final at 2-2 before the Netherlands went on to lose on penalties.

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has added Weghorst to his attacking ranks following the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo.

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