Manchester United ‘identify RB Leipzig striker Lois Openda as a potential January transfer option’, as Erik ten Hag looks to reinforce his attacking options at Old Trafford

Manchester United are eyeing up a potential January move for RB Leizpig forward Lois Openda, according to reports. 

Erik ten Hag’s side are in search of attacking reinforcements during the winter transfer window, after a less than impressive start to the 2023-24 campaign. 

The Red Devils suffered their fourth Premier League defeat at Old Trafford on Saturday, as they failed to find the back of the net in a 3-0 defeat to Bournemouth. 

In response to their struggles in front of goal, according to The Mirror, the Red Devils have sounded out a potential move for Belgian forward Openda. 

The 23-year-old has scored 14 goals in 21 games for Leipzig since his £35 million move from French side RC Lens last summer. 

Manchester United are reportedly eyeing up a move for RB Leizpig forward Lois Openda

Erik ten Hag is keen to bolster his attacking reinforcements amid United's ongoing struggles

Erik ten Hag is keen to bolster his attacking reinforcements amid United’s ongoing struggles

Two of those goals came during Leipzig’s 3-2 defeat against United’s rivals Manchester City during the Champions League group stage. 

The outlet claim that a senior United scout reported back to boss ten Hag about Openda’s dazzling display at the Etihad and it’s believed the club have made him a serious target.

However, it’s also reported that league rivals Tottenham are keen on the Belgian international amid the ongoing struggles for Brazilian forward Richarlison. 

United will be keen to bolster their front-line after their struggles in front of goal this year, which was highlighted in their disappointing defeat to the Cherries. 

The loss means that ten Hag’s side have now suffered more defeats at home since Ferguson left the club, than the legendary manager suffered in his 27-year spell in charge of the Red Devils, according to Squawka

Ferguson, who won 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies with the Red Devils, only lost 34 times at home during his managerial career with the club. 

United, meanwhile, have suffered four losses at Old Trafford this season, losing to Brighton, Crystal Palace, Manchester City and now Andoni Iraola’s Bournemouth. 

Interestingly, this was United’s heaviest defeat at home against a side who came into the start of the weekend in the bottom half of the table, with Bournemouth now rising to 13th in the standings, level with Chelsea, Brentford and Wolves on 19 points.

The Belgian international scored a brace during his visit to United's rival Manchester City

The Belgian international scored a brace during his visit to United’s rival Manchester City


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