MANCHESTER UNITED are still confident of landing Dutch forward Wout Weghorst on loan despite Turkish club Besiktas insisting no deal is in place.
Weghorst, 30, is on loan at Besiktas from Burnley but United want to get him out of that deal and take him for themselves.
However a Besiktas statement read: “The claim that there is an exit clause in our football player’s contract, stating that his contract can be terminated with a compensation of 2.5 million euros (£2.2m) in case of an offer from the Premier League, is fictitious.
“However, the news that the player in question will leave the team on Tuesday is completely untrue. The initiative regarding Wout Weghorst belongs entirely to Beşiktas.”
United will now have to negotiate a break clause fee for a player who has eight goals in 16 games in the league this season for Besiktas.
Erik Ten Hag has been looking for another striker for his squad since Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract was terminated during the World Cup.
United have even been linked to a loan move for the man who’s place he will take at Al-Nassr, Vincent Aboubakar.
But Weghorst remains their no1 target with the Netherlands striker believed to be keen on the move to Old Trafford.
Eden Dzeko and Olivier Giroud have also been mooted as alternative options this month.
United are looking for a short-term solution to bolster their attack, with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial their only other striker options.
The club is planning to sign a big-name forward in the summer and has drawn up a wishlist of three names.
England captain Harry Kane is said to be on the transfer shortlist along with Victor Osimhen and Benjamin Sesko.