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Man Utd receive promising transfer indication from striker target who feels he has improved at World Cup

Lille star Jonathan David

Jonathan David has suggested he would welcome a transfer to the Premier League amid links with a move to Manchester United for the Canada striker.

Man Utd are on the lookout for a new centre-forward following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo. Out of the current top 10 sides in the Premier League, only Chelsea have scored fewer goals than them so far this season.

Therefore, there are a couple of reasons why Man Utd might need to invest in their attack come January. One major target will be PSV winger Cody Gakpo, who can also operate up top and has been in prolific form, but a natural centre-forward may also be of use.

In that regard, there have been links with Lille striker Jonathan David, who has just suffered elimination from the World Cup with Canada.

David failed to score in Qatar, but will be looking to pick up from where he left off when he reports back to his club. For Lille, he has scored nine goals in 15 matches in Ligue 1 this season.

His form has prompted links with the likes of Man Utd, whose scouts have taken information on the 22-year-old.

The American-born forward has now opened up on what the next step of his career might be, hinting that a Premier League move would appeal even if he does not know of any advanced negotiation yet.

David said: “I am aware of nothing. When I am at the World Cup I am just focused on trying to enjoy the World Cup and enjoying the moment.

“What happens after I do not know, we will have to see.

“The Premier League is the best league in the world and I think every player would want to play there some day.”

Jonathan David has become ‘better player’ for World Cup experience

David, like his national team, may still be a work in progress. However, despite his failure to score at his first World Cup, the former Gent man believes the experience has helped him become a better player already.

He added: “What makes the difference at the highest level is the smallest differences.

“Any player who plays at the World Cup, no matter what the outcome, you become a better player, you learn from it, and it helps you grow.”

Perhaps the next stage for David to adapt to could be the Premier League. Man Utd are not the only club who could take him there; he has also been linked with Newcastle, Arsenal and Chelsea.

There could be a lot for the Lille star to weigh up before he commits to his next club. As things stand, he is under contract in France until 2025.

Clearly an ambitious player, who already has one Ligue 1 medal in his collection, David might have a future in English football. But only time will tell where he ends up and how he fares.

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