June 20, 2024

The striker spent last season on loan at Manchester United

Burnley will have a decision to make on Wout Weghorst this summer and judging by recent reports, Everton could make it an easy one for them.

The Dutch striker will return from a year out on loan with Besiktas and Manchester United – having made the move to Old Trafford in January to link up with Erik ten Hag. However, the 30-year-old failed to score in the Premier League and in total netted two goals in 31 appearances in a United shirt.

His immediate future remains up in the air, with United set to opt against signing Weghorst permanently – according to our colleagues at the Manchester Evening News. But, talkSPORT now report Everton are ‘interested’ in signing the striker this summer – after securing safety in the Premier League.

Ex-Burnley boss, Sean Dyche – who signed Weghorst for the Clarets last year – is preparing for his first full season in charge at Goodison Park. Dyche is looking to bolster the Toffees’ forward options, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s injury record a concern and Neal Maupay having scored one Premier League goal last season.

Weghorst is under contract until 2025 at Turf Moor, so the club and boss Vincent Kompany find themselves in a strong position should interest in the front man materialise. Kompany did not sign Weghorst – who was recruited to fit into a vastly different style of team to the one which has just returned to the Premier League.

The Clarets chief has stayed coy on Weghorst when asked about the Netherlands international, who scored two goals and assisted three in 20 games for Burnley. The Clarets bounced back from relegation as they stormed to the Championship title in Kompany’s first campaign.

And the Clarets will be looking to strengthen in the final third no doubt too, following Ashley Barnes’ departure. Time will tell whether Weghorst – who would face the task of winning Burnley supporters back – plays for the club again. But, with murmurs of top flight interest and the opportunity to raise some funds, the decision could well be a straightforward one.

 

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