Wout Weghorst has officially signed a loan agreement with Manchester United.
Weghorst spent last summer on loan at Besiktas of Turkey. But after Cristiano Ronaldo left, he became a surprise transfer target for United.
According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, United and Besiktas have agreed to a reported £2.7 million fee. Weghorst arrived in Manchester by plane on Thursday to finalize his transfer to Old Trafford.
“I consider myself fortunate to be joining Manchester United. I’ve played against the team before, so it’s an incredible feeling to get the chance to don the fabled red shirt,” Weghorst said on United’s official website.”
“This season, I’ve observed United’s growth under Erik ten Hag. I can’t wait to begin doing my part to advance the team’s objectives.”
“Whatever happens in the upcoming months, I can guarantee that I will give the club everything I have for as long as I am here.”
“I want to thank everyone who helped me get to this point. I am now anticipating meeting my new teammates and getting started right away.”
Weghorst only registered two goals in his first season with Burnley. During his 20 Premier League games, he recorded three assists.
John Murtough, United’s director of football, said in a statement following the announcement of Weghorst’s six-month loan deal: “Wout has a consistent goalscoring record across several European leagues. His skills will give our team for the rest of the season an additional dimension.”
“His assertive nature and committed approach to football also drew us in. Erik is cultivating a culture in our team that perfectly complements this.”
“He has demonstrated a strong desire to join Manchester United and take part in the goals we have for this season,” the coach said.