Words from the English media on Thursday suggest that Eric ten Hag has set his sights on an unwanted front-line member at Tottenham Hotspur as a key target for Manchester United ahead of the summer.
The player in question? Stephen Bergwijn.
Of course, the Netherlands international Bergwijn has had a disappointing campaign so far, starting in just four of 31 Premier League games under the guidance of Nuno Espirito Santo and Antonio Conte.
In contrast, compatriot Ten Hag is understood to be keen to take advantage of the situation.
According to a report by Jack Gaughan of the daily MailBergwijn “could become the first signing for Eric Ten Hag’s revolution at Manchester United”.
Ten Hag is known to have long admired the winger’s talents, having spearheaded a coordinated albeit ultimately fruitless campaign to sign him at Ajax last January.
It is clear, however, that the Dutchman has not yet given up hope of joining Bergwijn’s squad ahead of the 2022/23 campaign, with a £20m proposal for his services potentially in the pipeline as the summer transfer window opens again.
🗞Eric Ten Hag is considering a move to long-term target Steven Bergwijn when he takes charge #mufc. It will likely cost around £20 million. [@Jack_Gaughan]
– UtdDistrict 🇺🇦 (UtdDistrict) April 14, 2022
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Tin Hag’s word, which has set its sights on potential reinforcements at Old Trafford before next season, is of course fresh against the backdrop of a major development in the Dutchman’s move to Man United, which was confirmed earlier this week.
According to a group of reliable sources, the Red Devils have reached a “verbal agreement” with Ten Hag to take his place on the bench at the Theater of Dreams before next season.
An official announcement, in turn, is expected at some point after the Ajax Cup final with PSV Eindhoven this weekend.
🚨 EXCLUSIVE: Man United have reached a verbal agreement in principle with Eric Ten Hag to become the next permanent manager. #MUFC You will need an agreement with #Ajax (Knowledgeable) and completion of the contract (up to 4 years). There is no announcement until the final of the Dutch Cup Tweet embed https://t.co/VTVzg6gCGx
– David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) April 12 2022
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