Ten Hag makes No. 9 plea amid Kane rumours

TRANSFERS Ten Hag makes No. 9 plea amid Kane rumours

Kiplagat Sang 13:00 - 30.04.2023

The Manchester United tactician wants an effective goal scorer in the summer transfer window.

Erik ten Hag has told the Manchester United hierarchy to sign a number 9 for him.

A number of strikers have already been linked with the Old Trafford club, and Ten Hag has admitted they need to sign one due to a shortage of attackers.

"Everyone knows, and it is not a secret, that long-term and over a whole season we had a shortage of No. 9s," the Dutchman is quoted as saying.

"We had the drop out of [Cristiano] Ronaldo, then Anthony Martial was often not available, Jadon Sancho was often not available, and then you have a shortage of front line players.

"We have players who can play the role, but we definitely need some offensive players who are impactful and quality players."

Harry Kane has been massively linked with a move to United, but Tottenham Hotspur are expected to be reluctant to let the England international leave.

Should Kane finally make the move, he will be paired up front with his international teammate Marcus Rashford, who is the club’s greatest source of goals this season.

United could soon be flush with cash when its takeover process is over. Sheikh Jassim, who wants PSG’s Neymar, has made a bid of £5.5 billion to takeover the club.

Jassim and Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s Ineos group both put in their third bids for the club just before the Friday 10 p.m. deadline.

If United get Neymar – who earns £490,000 a week in Paris - and Kane to partner Rashford up front, that would be a decent attacking line up capable of taking the club to the next level.

Rashford has been a sensational goal scorer under Ten Hag, and his goal against Tottenham on Thursday took his season’s tally to 29.

Apart from Kane, Victor Osimhen of Napoli, Lille’s Jonathan David, Atalanta’s Rasmus Hojland, ex-Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, and Juventus’ Dusan Vlahovic have all been linked with a move to United.