Man Utd news: Wout Weghorst had other motivation to join as transfer revelation comes to light | Soccer | Sport


Manchester United‘s new signing Wout Weghorst has reportedly earned himself a big pay rise with his loan move to Old Trafford. The Dutchman is set to double the wage he was earning at Burnley as Erik ten Hag seeks to bring him in line with the salaries of the rest of the Red Devils first team squad.

The news that United were interested in a loan move for the 6ft 6in striker initially came as a surprise given he was already at Besiktas on a temporary deal from Burnley. However, the three clubs were able to come to an agreement which has since seen Weghorst make the move to Old Trafford, with United giving the Turkish club £2.5million in compensation.

It has now been reported that Besiktas were not the only party to benefit from the deal with Weghorst himself receiving a pay rise according to the Mirror. The Dutchman earned around £60,000 per week at Burnley, something which increased a Besiktas but Ten Hag has now near doubled his salary at United to bring him in line with the club’s other stars.

It is unlikely that money alone would have been the driving factor behind Weghorst’s decision with the striker a boyhood United supporter. He is said to have viewed the chance to make the move to the club as ‘one in a lifetime’ and was immediately interested once Ten Hag made his approach.

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“He’s a goalscorer definitely but he’s also the type who can work for the team. He is a really good pressing player in defending so we actually contribute as well but he is a box player who can also play counterattack. You won’t expect it always but when you see his profile but he is a really good counter player. He scored so many goals that way, especially in the Bundesliga where they will play a lot of counter there and he was really effective.”

Weghorst could make his United debut at Selhurst Park when the Red Devils take on Crystal Palace on Wednesday in their rearranged Premier League fixture.


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