Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is 'obsessed' with £100m striker – and it's NOT Harry Kane, according to journalist

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League round of 16 leg one match between Manchester United and Real Betis at Old Trafford on March 09, 2023 in Manchester, England.
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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is obsessed with one particular striker who will cost him in the region of nine figures. 

But while reports suggest that Harry Kane is being considered for an opening move of £80 million from the Red Devils, one well-connected transfer expert has perhaps suggested that there's another player Ten Hag would love to sign as much as the England captain – perhaps even more. 

If United were hoping to snare his better option than the Tottenham star for much less money, however, they're sorely mistaken.

Harry Kane in action for England against Italy and wearing the One Love armband.

England captain Harry Kane is linked with Manchester United (Image credit: Getty Images)

Manchester United are still obsessed with Victor Osimhen, who almost joined them before moving to Napoli, but decided against it due to a lack of game time,” CBS Sports' Ben Jacobs has now told Caught Offside

“Harry Kane has also been discussed internally, but it all still depends on the England striker. Spurs want him to extend and that had been Kane’s primary intention before Antonio Conte’s dramatic exit.

“As I have reported many times, it’s going to cost around £100m to get Kane. And that’s still assuming Spurs are willing to do business. Daniel Levy simply won’t make things easy. Manchester United know just how much of a thorn in their side he can be from when they signed Dimitar Berbatov back in 2008.

“Neither Kane nor Osimhen will be easy to get. And that’s where Ramos or Abraham might prove smoother to facilitate and cheaper, too.”

Victor Osimhen of SSC Napoli celebrates after scoring the 1-0 goal during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and AS Roma at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on January 29, 2023 in Naples, Italy.

Victor Osimhen is having the season of his life with Napoli – and Ten Hag is "obsessed" with him (Image credit: Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

The Nigerian striker previously told Italian outlet, Corriere Della Sera that playing in the Premier League, “is an ambition of all players”.

Osimhen is valued at €100m by Transfermarkt

More Manchester United stories

Manchester United are looking to capitalise on their resurgence in the transfer market, with big new signings. Victor Osimhen is one option for €100m, Declan Rice is on the radar and Jeremie Frimpong could arrive as a new right-back. More outlandish theories include signing Kylian Mbappe and selling Marcus Rashford to Arsenal

The Glazer ownership are not guaranteed to sell up – despite bids from lifelong fan, Sir Jim Radcliffe and Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani. Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford has underlined the importance of positive mentality at Old Trafford. 

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Mark White
Staff Writer

Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.