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Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal snubbed Wout Weghorst before Manchester United transfer

Manchester United loanee Wout Weghorst has admitted that he was snubbed by Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal two seasons ago.

The Netherlands international joined the Red Devils on a six-month loan spell from Burnley earlier this month. He cut short his loan spell with Besiktas to secure a big move to Old Trafford.

However, things could have been different had he been able to pique Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur’s even more in the past. Speaking about the snub from Spurs and the Gunners, Weghorst said (h/t Mirror):

“Two seasons ago there was serious interest in me from Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. It was concrete – but in the end, they didn’t follow through. When it fell through, I set myself new goals. I took a good look at myself and which areas I needed to improve, physically and mentally.”

“I drew up a plan for that with my specialist team. I realised I didn’t score enough with my head and so I started working on my technique with a volleyball coach three times a week.”

“People will think to themselves: ‘What on earth is this guy doing?’ But it’s clearly had an effect. I now have real confidence. If a [sic.] good ball comes over, I nod it in. I’m proud of that because it’s the result of focus and hard work.”

He joined Burnley in the winter transfer window last year but couldn’t help them stave off relegation. The Netherlands international then joined Besiktas on a season-long loan before cutting it short to join Manchester United.

Weghorst’s two goals for Holland against Argentina in the 2022 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals really put him on the map. However, it’s not a big miss for Spurs given that he would have really struggled to be a starter here.

Of course, he would have made for a good backup option for Harry Kane as the likes of Vincent Janssen and Carlos Vinicius Jr. did – at least on paper. But it’s a missed opportunity that we shouldn’t beat ourselves over.

He has already made his debut for United, playing 70 minutes in their 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace. The 30-year-old shouldn’t really be a name that interests us anymore if we are forced into the market for a Harry Kane replacement.

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