Sunday 23 October 2016

Man United chase €25m striker, but may lose out on long-term target to West Ham

Published 29/01/2016 | 07:49

Sadio Mane, left, and CSKA striker Ahmed Musa
Sadio Mane, left, and CSKA striker Ahmed Musa

As their season continues to stagnate, Manchester United are set to be gazumped in their long pursuit of Southampton striker Sadio Mane, according to the venerable Brentwood Gazette.

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Ahead of their move to the Olympic Stadium - and retaining hopes that it will host Champions league football next season - West Ham are ready to make a move for the Senegalese forward who has scored 17 goals in 61 games for the Saints since his £11.8m move from Red Bull Salzburg in the summer of 2014.

The Red Devils meanwhile could make a late bid to try and beat Leicester to the signing of CSKA Moscow forward Ahmed Musa, with the Nigeria international gaining interest in the Premier League.

Leicester have already been linked with the 23-year-old, and are believed to have had a €20m offer rejected by the Russian club as they look to hold out for a fee of at least €25m.

The Express reports that United are showing interest in Musa ahead of Monday’s January transfer window deadline, and they could launch a bid over the weekend to try and snatch the striker out of the grasp of the Premier League leaders.

Musa has scored 10 goals this season, and his arrival would give United manager Louis van Gaal more options in attack, given that the club have scored the least number of goals this season from the current top eight.

One man who won't be going anywhere any time soon is United's young Uruguayan right-back Guillermo Varela.

Serie A side Genoa wish to take the 22-year-old on loan, but United's mounting injury list has put the brakes on that.

Varela - the first signing of David Moyes' short-lived spell as manager - is yet to establish himself in the first-team set-up at Old Trafford and has featured only three times this season, including the defeat to Wolfsburg that dumped Louis van Gaal's side out of the Champions League.

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