Manchester United striker search: Why Victor Osimhen makes more sense than Harry Kane


The chance to revisit Wembley beckons when Manchester United take on high-flying Fulham at Old Trafford in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Sunday.

Aside from obvious difficulties in midfield following Casemiro’s suspension, manager Erik ten Hag will also be concerned about the lack of goals in attack.

Only Marcus Rashford has hit double figures with 27 goals so far this season, but he’s not the best when his back is to goal.

Forward wanted before next season

Loan Wout Weghorst has shown plenty of passion but has very little to show in terms of goals scored while Anthony Martial remains permanently injured.

It’s very obvious they need to strengthen up front ahead of next season if United are to challenge on all four fronts and continue their rise under the Dutch boss.

Many names have been linked to the Red Devils but most reports seem to point to a straight race between Tottenham’s record goalscorer Harry Kane and Serie A top scorer Victor Osimhen.

The 20-time English league champions will not find it easy to strike a deal for both as both clubs are known to be notoriously difficult to negotiate with and both are likely to cost in excess of £100m.

Both offers have advantages and disadvantages.

Osimhen is the younger player but he could need time to adjust to the rigors of English football while Kane is guaranteed to work in the Premier League but how long could be a concern.

The price for the soon to be 30-year-old could also prove to be an obstacle.

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Osimhen the better choice

Journalist Steve Bates has suggested to GIVEMESPORT that Osimhen would be a better fit for United in the long-term and outlined his reasons for choosing the Nigerian over the England captain.

“We all know that Harry Kane scores goals. He captains England and his record as a striker is exceptional.

“But people might ask if his best years are behind him. He still has a lot to offer, I know that. But he would cost Tottenham a lot of money, which one might imagine well over £125million for a player aged up to 30.

“You won’t get anything in return for that. Would it be better to choose him than a much younger player in Osimhen who is very physical, athletic, strong, hungry and can score goals? We’ve already seen that.”

The Nigeria international, with 23 caps, has over 25 goals this season while Kane has 23 goals to his tally. But with the Englishman approaching his 30th birthday, it could make sense to take on the 24-year-old.

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