Man Utd face Tottenham, West Ham January transfer threat as Red Devils plan lowball offer


Manchester United are desperate to sign a striker in January, but are facing the possibility of losing out on their number one target.

Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic is believed to be United’s favoured signing in January.

Reports on Thursday even claimed that Juventus chiefs had flown to London to discuss the January transfer.

Earlier in the season it had been claimed that a deal had already been agreed to take the 33-year-old Croatian to Manchester.

But now, a spanner has been thrown into the works, as talks did not go well in London.

Italian outlet CalcioMercato claims United aren’t willing to go near the price quoted by the Old Lady.

Juve want €10million [£8.5m], but United are offering much less than that.

The same report states that the Red Devils are only prepared to offer up a “symbolic compensation” of €3m [£2.5m].

This breakdown in negotiations has opened the door for Premier League rivals Tottenham and West Ham to swoop in under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

Tottenham are keen to bring in a new forward to provide competition for Harry Kane, after concerns were raised over the striker burning out due to too much game time.

They let go of Fernando Llorente in the summer without replacing him, leaving wide-man Lucas Moura as one of the only alternatives.

West Ham are also said to be interested in making a move for the veteran forward.

The Hammers were linked with a move earlier this season, and could make a move for the soon-to-be free agent in January.

Mandzukic is out of contract at the end of the season, and has been forced to train on his own by Maurizio Sarri at Inter.

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