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Liverpool forward named, as Man Utd plot second attacker signing after Hojlund, Greenwood transfers gather pace

Erik ten Hag and Jurgen Klopp

Man Utd want a second addition to their forward line amid transfers for Rasmus Hojlund and Mason Greenwood taking shape, with a report citing a Liverpool attacker as the perfect example of what Erik ten Hag wants.

The Red Devils have added Mason Mount to their midfield ranks and are closing in on signing Andre Onana to replace Inter Milan.

Fabrizio Romano insisted a deal will get done, and once the goalkeeper is banked, attention will shift to the centre-forward position.

With Harry Kane looking near-impossible to prise out of Tottenham, Atalanta’s Rasmus Hojlund is fast emerging as Erik ten Hag’s primary focus.

Indeed, the Telegraph reported United are mobilising over a second bid for the Denmark international. United reportedly believe an offer worth around £50m can seal a deal.

The Manchester Evening News claimed United chief John Murtough has held discussions with Atalanta over the signing of Hojlund. The topic of sending Mason Greenwood the other way on loan has also been broached.

Unverified reports on Friday claimed Greenwood has said yes to joining Atalanta on a season-long loan. The loan route would allow United a chance to gauge public reaction to Greenwood returning to professional football.

But with Greenwood potentially leaving and both Anthony Martial and Jadon Sancho up for sale, a fresh report from the MEN claims Ten Hag wants a second new attacker.

Per the outlet, a versatile forward who is capable of operating across the entire frontline is wanted. Man Utd chased a player who fits that bill in January – Cody Gakpo.

Both Man Utd and Liverpool were in for the Netherlands international and for the longest time, a move to Old Trafford looked the likely outcome.

However, United chiefs did not open the purse strings, instead forcing Ten Hag into exploring the loan market for a more cost-effective alternative.

That led Man Utd to Wout Weghorst who struggled mightily in his 31 appearances. It also left the door ajar for Liverpool who wasted no time snapping up Gakpo for an initial £37m.

The MEN claim a ‘multi-functional forward’ just like Gakpo is once again in Ten Hag’s sights. Gakpo can – and already has – played in a variety of attacking positions in his first six months at Anfield.

Gakpo unavailable, but Argentine ace is

But while signing Gakpo is clearly a non-starter, another versatile forward may be available. What’s more, he’s cost a remarkably low fee.

Indeed, reports out of Italy put Man Utd and Tottenham in the frame for Roma’s Paulo Dybala.

A clause in the Argentine’s deal stipulates the 29-year-old can join an overseas side for a cut-price fee of just €12m (£10.2m) this summer.

Alternatively, Italian sides can activate the release clause for €20m (approx. £17.5m), though Roma can ‘cancel’ the move by triggering a salary rise from €3.8m per year to €6m.

United are deemed favourites ahead of Spurs given they will have Champions League football on offer.

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