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Manchester United plot a move for Brighton striker Evan Ferguson in the summer

According to Football Insider (h/t Manchester Evening News), Manchester United have sent scouts to have a look at Brighton and Hove Albion striker Evan Ferguson before potentially making a move for him in the summer window.

The 18-year-old, who arrived at Brighton as a youth player in 2020, has eventually had a great breakthrough campaign with the senior team this time around.

The Republic of Ireland international has scored seven goals and assisted three in 16 appearances in all competitions for the Seagulls this season so far.

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Manchester United have sent scouts to watch Brighton striker Evan Ferguson. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Ferguson signed a new four-year deal in October. However, Brighton would expect a summer of heavy interest from top clubs, who are getting attracted by the resurgence of his form.

United will be in the market for a striker in the summer. Erik ten Hag has earmarked Harry Kane as the primary target, while Napoli star Victor Osimhen is also linked.

But, having seen Cristiano Ronaldo leave the club in November and Anthony Martial struggling for fitness, the Red Devils could do with more than one addition in the centre-forward department.

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Erik ten Hag will be hoping to sign a striker or two in the summer. (Photo by DARREN STAPLES/AFP via Getty Images)

Ferguson could be a signing with an eye for the future. The Irishman is an excellent striker of the ball. He links the play very well, can run the channels if required and is physically strong.

It remains to be seen whether United would continue their pursuit of the 18-year-old and make a move in the summer. They are also keeping an eye on another young striker in the shape of Rasmus Hojlund, who just scored a hat-trick for the Danish national team in the European Qualifiers.

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There are a lot of options for ten Hag and his staff to look at. He would hope that the ownership situation is sorted by then so that the availability of funds is clear before the window starts.