Wout Weghorst completes loan move to Manchester United after Super Lig side Besiktas terminate Burnley striker's contract
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The former AZ Alkmaar goal-scorer — who was at the heart of one of the stand-out moments of the World Cup when scoring a quarter-final brace against Argentina — was granted his dream move after Besiktas agreed to terminate his contract with them.
A statement from the Istanbul-based club read: “The temporary transfer agreement with our professional football player Wout Weghorst and his club has been terminated by mutual agreement with the player and his club.
“Due to the early termination of the contract by the Burnley FC club, a termination fee of EUR 2,825,000 [£2.5m] will be paid to our Company.”
Weghorst, who is closing in on 150 career goals, netted eight times in 16 Super Lig appearances for the ‘Black Eagles’, before United’s interest came to light.
After days of toing and froing the transfer has finally been confirmed, though the Clarets forward, who scored twice in 20 appearances in the Premier League last season, isn’t eligible to feature in the Manchester derby.
Weghorst, however, could make his debut for Erik ten Hag’s side on Wednesday, when they take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, and could figure in the club’s Europa League double-header against Spanish giants Barcelona next month.