Wout Weghorst has told The Mirror that both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal tried to sign him two years ago, but a potential move failed to materialise.

Weghorst only joined Burnley less than a year ago, on the final day of the January transfer window in 2022. When the Clarets were relegated to the Championship, the Dutchman signed for Turkish side Besiktas on loan.

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The 30-year-old bagged eight goals and provided four assists in the Turkish Super Lig (Transfermarkt). That loan spell was brought to an end this month, when Weghorst joined Manchester United in something of a shock move.

Despite failing to make much of an impact at Burnley, Weghorst impressed at the World Cup for the Netherlands, scoring two goals in the quarter-finals against eventual winners Argentine (Transfermarkt).

The striker has made a decent start to life with Manchester United, but things could have been very different had interest from Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal turned into a transfer two years ago.

Weghorst said: “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 with my specialist team. I realised I didn’t score enough with my head, 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 good ball comes over, I nod it in. I’m proud because it’s the result of focus and hard work.”

Spurs Web Opinion

He’s not the most prolific striker, but a player like Wout Weghorst will always be a useful addition to any squad. He would have been a good backup option to Harry Kane, and he’s proven to be a solid acquisition for Manchester United so far.

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