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According to Sky Sports, Callum Wilson is high on Manchester United’s list of striker targets ahead of the January transfer window.
The Red Devils have struggled in front of goal this season, scoring nine times in their opening seven Premier League games. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side let go of both Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez earlier in the summer, leaving just Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood as their only striking options.
The United boss recently admitted his club would be looking to sign a new forward next, and Sky Sports now claim Bournemouth hotshot Wilson and Juventus veteran Mario Mandzukic are high up on the list of targets.
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The report adds Wilson would “fall in line” with the Red Devils’ apparent policy of trying to sign leading British players, after capturing the likes of Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire this year.
As Solskjaer himself revealed, it doesn’t take a “rocket scientist” to work out United need a new centre-forward. The injury to Martial has increased the goal-scoring burden on Rashford, and suffice to say he has failed miserably in his attempts to lead the line. In seven league games, the Red Devils striker has notched just three goals – two of them coming from the penalty spot.
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In Wilson however, the Manchester side would be getting a Premier League proven goal-scorer.
Last season, the 27-year-old bagged himself 14 goals and provided a further ten assists, whilst his start to the current campaign has been even more impressive. The England international has struck five times in seven appearances in the top-flight, and has been leading the line with aplomb for the Cherries.
Speaking after his performance for England against the USA last year, Jamie Redknapp delivered an impressive verdict on what the striker brings to the table.
“I have watched him at Bournemouth a lot and he works his socks off. He makes things happen, he puts defenders under pressure. He has got what defenders hate, running in behind, in between defenders. He’s extremely powerful and holds defenders off and he is an absolute nightmare.”
Someone like the Bournemouth forward who can press opposition defenders, cause them problems and be clinical enough to take his chances, is exactly what United need. The Red Devils would be making an incredibly smart choice in ending their Rashford misery by swooping for Wilson in January.