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Why Manchester United didn’t sign Timo Werner explained

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Tottenham Hotspur is on the verge of finalising a loan deal for Timo Werner from RB Leipzig, aiming to enhance Ange Postecoglou’s offensive line-up.

Werner, who previously played for Chelsea, will be at Spurs until the season’s conclusion, with an option for Tottenham to make the move permanent if successful.

This development sees Tottenham edge out Manchester United, who had also shown interest in the German striker.

However, United’s pursuit has cooled, with Italian media reports stating this was because there is uncertainty at Old Trafford about the type of striker they wish to add in the January window.

Erik ten Hag’s United squad is in urgent need of bolstering their attack, having only managed to score 22 goals in 20 games this season.

Despite the £72m acquisition of Rasmus Hojlund, the team has struggled with goal-scoring. Hojlund has only found the back of the net once in the Premier League this term, and even last season’s leading scorer, Marcus Rashford, has scored just three times in the league.

In defense of his strikers, Ten Hag stated last month: “I know Rashford can score a goal, [Rasmus] Hojlund can score a goal, Antony can score a goal, Garnacho can score a goal, Bruno [Fernandes] can score a goal, Scott McTominay can score a goal.

“We have the scoring abilities in our squad, and also from set plays, but in this moment we are not doing that. They have to stick together and also believe in themselves that they can do it.”

With Werner’s imminent move to Spurs, United must now turn their attention to other potential signings.

Stuttgart’s Serhou Guirassy, who has had an impressive start in the Bundesliga, has been linked with a move to Manchester United.

Another prospect is Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting from Bayern Munich, who is reportedly considering a loan switch to Old Trafford following limited playtime under Bayern’s coach Thomas Tuchel.

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