It is common knowledge that Man United's summer transfer priority is a top class striker, with Harry Kane being their no.1 target.
Erik ten Hag, however, is preparing for a scenario where Kane either stays at Spurs or joins a rival club, with the other strikers on Man United's radar including Victor Osimhen, Randal Kolo Muani, Goncalo Ramos, and Danish striker Rasmus Hojlund.
The Manchester Evening News have reported that Ten Hag has had a number of video calls with the 20-year-old Hojlund, who currently plays for Serie A side Atalanta.
Hojlund has also made it clear in the past that a move to Man United is something that he wishes for:
My father introduced me (to Ronaldo) when he was at United. Then, me and my best friend followed him when he was at Madrid
I just like his mentality. I love that he’s so eager to score a goal. The thing for me is he is so passionate about wanting to be the best, and I like it.
I will not hide the fact that I am a huge Manchester United fan.
So personally, (moving to Old Trafford) would be one of the biggest things for me. But that doesn’t mean that I would turn down other big clubs if the offers come at some point.
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Hojlund is still relatively unproven, and only managed eight goals in 30 Serie A appearances this season, plus, Atalanta are reportedly looking for €65m to €70m for the player.
However, Hojlund recently signed with the SEC agency, who also represent Ten Hag, which does make a move for Hojlund more likely.
The Man United manager has also said that transfer targets he has spoken to have reacted more positively than last year, helped by a good first season under the Dutchman and qualification for the Champions League.
"I see a big difference in comparison with last year.
"There were a lot of reservations last year when I spoke with players and now many players see the project, what's going on, the dynamic and the ambition in this project, the quality especially. They are really keen to come, I've noticed that.
"It looks like there were a lot of reservations last year, a lot of doubts when we approached players. This year, many quality players really want to come."