By Pete O'Rourke, Transfer Correspondent

21st Feb, 2023 | 10:15am

Sources: Man United expected to pull plug on Wout Weghorst deal

Man United are not expected to complete the permanent signing of on-loan Burnley striker Wout Weghorst in the summer window, sources have told Football Insider.

The 30-year-old was brought in on a six-month deal in the January window following the release of Cristiano Ronaldo in November.

It has been reported that Man United hold no option or obligation to seal a permanent deal for Weghorst when his loan expires at the end of the season.

According to Sky Sports (14 January), the Red Devils paid Burnley a fee of £2.5million in order to buy the Netherlands international out of his previous loan with Besiktas.

Weghorst has started all 10 games since his arrival at Old Trafford but has managed just one goal in the League Cup semi-final second leg against Nottingham Forest.

He has even been deployed in an attacking midfield berth by Erik ten Hag in the last two games, allowing red-hot forward Marcus Rashford to lead the line.

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Nevertheless, the Netherlands international had a number of chances to break his Premier League duck during the 3-0 win over Leicester City on Sunday (19 February) – but couldn’t beat Danny Ward with any of his five shots.

Man United striker Anthony Martial is currently out injured but could challenge for Weghorst’s place in the starting eleven on his return.

Weghorst first came to the Premier League with Burnley in January 2022 but managed just two strikes in 20 top-flight games as the Clarets suffered relegation to the second tier.

Vincent Kompany’s side are in pole position to return to the top table of English football at the first time of asking, having built a 13-point buffer to the Championship play-off places.

Weghorst, who scored for the Netherlands in their World Cup quarter-final against Argentina in Qatar, is out of contract at Turf Moor in 2025.

In other news, Football Insider updates with Man United close to a breakthrough in defender’s contract talks.