Premier League giants Manchester United have confirmed that striker Wout Weghorst has joined the club on loan from Championship side Burnley until the end of the 2022/2023 season.
The Dutch hitman had been on loan at Turkish Super Lig outfit Besiktas this season, scoring nine goals and providing four assists in 18 appearances. He will link up with manager Erik ten Hag and his fellow Red Devils teammates as they challenge for silverware and a spot in next season’s UEFA Champions League.
Prior to now, he has made 414 club appearances in leagues across the Netherlands, Germany, England and Turkey, netting 172 goals.
He has also featured 19 times for the Dutch national team, scoring five goals, including two at the just-concluded FIFA World Cup in Qatar last December.
Weghorst revealed: “I feel privileged to be joining Manchester United. 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. Whatever happens in the next few months, I can promise to give everything to the club for as long as I am here. 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.”
Manchester United football director, John Murtough revealed: ”Wout has a consistent goalscoring record across several European leagues, and his attributes will add a further dimension to our squad for the remainder of the season. We were also attracted by his strong personality and dedicated approach to football, which fits perfectly with the spirit that Erik is building within our squad. He has shown a huge desire to join Manchester United and be part of what we’re striving to achieve this season.”
Manchester United paid nearly €3 million euros as compensation to Besiktas, before his contract could be terminated.