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Why Manchester United ditched Timo Werner transfer revealed with Spurs deal advancing



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Manchester United were linked to signing RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner on loan in the January transfer window, but instead, the German international is set for a move to Tottenham Hotspur.

Werner, 27, has struggled for game-time in the Bundesliga this term. He has started just two league fixtures and was on the bench for all of the club’s Champions League games.

That meant that he became one of the few realistic options for United in the January window. The Reds are reportedly unable to sign players this month and must instead focus on loan deals yet again.

Despite the links between the ex-Chelsea man and the Old Trafford club, he instead has agreed a deal to join Tottenham Hotspur on loan, according to the ever-reliable Fabrizio Romano, with there being an option for the north London club to buy the forward.

Spurs boss Ange Postecoglou believes that his system will be ‘perfect’ for Werner to excel, added Fabrizio before explaining the reason why United pulled out of a potential deal.

The transfer expert explained that Old Trafford chiefs decided against a deal for the German as they are still not completely aware of what type of striker they want to add to their ranks this month.

“Manchester United also considered Werner as a possibility but then they decided not to proceed also because it’s not clear yet what kind of player they want,” said Romano.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS have only just entered the building at United after their 25 per cent stake in the club was confirmed late last month. However, they are still awaiting the deal to be ratified by the Premier League.

This means that they cannot make immediate changes in terms of bringing in a new sporting director.

Ratcliffe and his team do have the authority to have the final say on all sporting decisions now, but their current situation likely means that they want to be smart in the current window without their trusted men in position yet.

Bayern Munich forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has been another striker linked with an Old Trafford move this month as the club aims to provide Rasmus Hojlund with more support going into the second half of the season.