‘I’ve really tried’ – Everton set to hand a lifeline for Man United flop

Everton is reportedly showing interest in signing Manchester United outcast Wout Weghorst, potentially providing the Dutch striker with a swift return to the Premier League, writes the Mirror.

Weghorst joined Old Trafford on loan in January as a reinforcement for the Red Devils’ attack following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure. Unfortunately, things haven’t gone according to plan for Weghorst, who has only managed to score two goals in 31 appearances across all competitions, none of which came in the Premier League. Although Manchester United had an option to make the deal permanent, it seems highly unlikely that they will activate it.

According to talkSPORT, the Red Devils have no intention of extending the 30-year-old’s stay. However, there is still interest in Weghorst’s services from other clubs. Everton is one such club that could make a move for the striker as they seek to strengthen their attacking options after narrowly avoiding relegation. The Toffees faced their own frustrations in front of goal during the 2022/23 campaign, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring just two Premier League goals due to persistent injury issues.

If Everton wants to pursue Weghorst, they will need to enter negotiations with Burnley, as the striker’s contract, signed after his transfer from Wolfsburg, runs until the summer of 2025. Weghorst is also expected to hold discussions with manager Vincent Kompany following Burnley’s return to the Premier League.

Prior to the FA Cup final defeat against local rivals Manchester City, Weghorst openly expressed his disappointment with his goal return, acknowledging that it fell short of his expectations.

Speaking to United’s official website, he said: “I’ve really tried to give my all in every match I’ve played, in every minute I’ve had. It doesn’t matter which position it is. I always give my best.

“Of course, for me as a striker, only two goals is not enough. It’s not good. That’s just the only thing for me that’s disappointing, because I know I’m capable to do it.”