Manchester United have completed the signing of Wout Weghorst on a loan deal from Burnley until the end of the season.
The striker was expected to spend the entire season on loan at Besiktas, and the Turkish side have received €3 million as compensation for letting him go early. There is no option to make the move permanent included in the deal struck between the two English clubs. It is a straight loan, and the forward is expected to return to the Clarets at the end of his loan spell.
Wout Weghorst completes Manchester United loan switch
“I feel privileged to be joining Manchester United,” Wout Weghorst said. “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 teammates and getting involved straight away.”
The 6ft 6in striker will provide a focal point for the attack – with his physical presence able to hold the ball up and bring others into play. He also has great skill with his feet and has deceptive speed, which could make him a great asset if used correctly.
Weghorst has been impressive in the Bundesliga in the past, and now has another chance to make it in the Premier League with one of the top clubs in the world. The Manchester derby might be too soon for him, but he is expected to feature in the coming games.