Man Utd: Solskjaer lauds 'world-class' Cavani after penning new deal
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Manchester United could use Jesse Lingard as bait to sign Tottenham star Harry Kane, according to reports. The Red Devils recently tied Edinson Cavani down to a new contract. But, despite that, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to sign a new marksman when the transfer window reopens at the end of the season.
Manchester United are well-stocked in attack at present.
Cavani has turned his Old Trafford career around after a stuttering start to the season, scoring eight goals in his last 10 matches.
Marcus Rashford has scored 21 goals across all competitions, while Mason Greenwood is developing nicely behind the scenes.
United also have Anthony Martial at their disposal, with the France international potentially returning from injury in time for the Europa League final.
But, despite that, Solskjaer still wants another striker.
The Norwegian knows he needs competition for places to keep his players on their toes, with the aforementioned trio’s paths to the first team currently clear.
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Kane is the club’s dream target, with the England international shining amid a problematic campaign for Tottenham under both Jose Mourinho and Ryan Mason.
And The Athletic say United could use Lingard as bait to land the 27-year-old.
The playmaker has been in sensational form ever since joining West Ham in January, scoring nine goals and registering three assists from 14 matches so far.
But the Hammers’ hopes of signing him permanently appear to be fading fast.
There’s a feeling over at the London Stadium that Lingard, 28, will be used by United to lower the price of targets on their radar.
And it’s stated he could be a solution when it comes to cracking Tottenham over Kane, with Daniel Levy extremely reluctant to let his prized asset go.
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Levy has a strained relationship with United, with that the case ever since Sir Alex Ferguson’s time in charge.
Ferguson raided Tottenham for Dimitar Berbatov in the summer transfer window of 2008, bullying Tottenham into accepting a lower fee for the Bulgaria international than they’d initially planned.
And, in the years since, Levy has flatly refused to sell to the Red Devils.
Luka Modric was in United’s sights back in 2012 but the Croatia international ended up being sold to Real Madrid instead.
Likewise Gareth Bale, with United actually missing out on the Wales international despite offering more money than the La Liga giants in 2013.
And Levy has also refused to let the likes of Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld move to Old Trafford, too, with both players formerly targets for Mourinho.
Speaking recently, United legend Louis Saha had his say on Kane.
And he admitted the Tottenham striker would be a perfect addition to Solskjaer’s squad, saying: “When you have the quality of Harry you need the trophies to represent that.
“It’s a shame and I think the guy deserves pictures of him lifting trophies that will come to symbolise what he has achieved as a player.
“When you have a player like Cristiano Ronaldo playing for so many big teams, he will tell you that what’s he looking for is trophies.
“Winning leagues is what puts you in the frame to win the Ballon d’Or.
“Harry can love his club and be attached to it but ultimately he must want a team that can compete to win things. He’s the type of player who deserves that and needs a club that provides this platform.
“I believe that’s at Man United.
“He is 27 and has at least another five years on top form. He’s a guaranteed striker who can get you 30 goals and give plenty of assists to other players.
“I see this as a perfect fit because he’s the perfect player though maybe the money isn’t perfect.
“It would be a massive fee but if you want to win the Premier League you need players like Harry who is right up there.”
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