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United have made an uncharacteristically quick start to the January transfer window when it comes to outgoings.

Donny van de Beek completed a loan move to Eintracht Frankfurt on New Year’s Day. There is an option to make the deal permanent this summer for around £12million.

Sergio Reguilon has also departed, returning to Tottenham Hotspur after United triggered the break clause in his loan contract due to Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia’s imminent returns.

Jadon Sancho is on the verge of joining the pair out the exit door as Borussia Dortmund prepare to welcome the banished 23-year-old back to the Westfalenstadion.

Meanwhile, the official word from United is to not expect much in the form of incomings after sanctioning another heavy summer of spending.

But there is space for the latest emergency loan striker signing after Odion Ighalo in 2020 and Wout Weghorst last January.

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Before recruiting Weghorst on a short-term deal 12 months ago, another experienced goalscorer was on Ten Hag’s radar.

The Dutchman was searching for a replacement after Ronaldo’s explosive exit in November 2022 but found himself cash-strapped after a busy first summer at Old Trafford.

Sky Germany reported that he had identified Bayern Munich striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting as a target he was seriously interested in.

It was claimed that United inquired about the former Stoke City star, having expected him to leave Bayern in January.

However, Choupo-Moting signed a one-year contract extension until June 2024. His situation has since changed, though, after Harry Kane’s summer arrival.

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