MANCHESTER UNITED target Wout Weghorst allegedly “clashed with team-mates at old club Burnley due to his arrogance” last season.
The Red Devils are interested in signing the Dutch striker in order to bolster their attacking options.
The 30-year-old striker has done well in Turkey, scoring eight goals and assisting four in his 16 appearances in the Super Lig.
Now he has emerged as a shock target for boss Erik ten Hag, who currently only has Anthony Martial as a recognised centre-forward, following the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo, who is now at Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr.
United are believed to be closing in on securing the services of Weghorst on loan for the rest of the campaign – although Besiktas are adamant they will be owed compensation.
The Old Trafford side will now have to negotiate a break clause fee for the player after reportedly having one bid rejected.
They are now in negotiations to pay Burnley a fee which would then be handed over to Besiktas to ensure the termination of his loan.
However, doubts have now been raised over the striker’s attitude.
Despite being viewed as a quiet character, a new report from The Athletic states that he “comes with an aura of confidence that some of his team-mates at Burnley viewed as arrogance” due to his “determination to improve his craft saw him clash” with some of the Clarets squad.
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They claim that “Weghorst was so determined to make his move to England a success that he would message team-mates late at night to discuss tactics”.
And they also add that he was not scared to “call out players” at Turf Moor “if he didn’t think they were trying hard enough”.
However, as Burnley edged closer to the drop last term, this new update claims that “some of his team-mates took this as arrogance rather than confidence in his own abilities”.
Meanwhile, Besiktas are insisting that no deal is in place despite the star himself appearing to say goodbye to the fans after scoring for Besiktas on Saturday.
However a Besiktas statement read yesterday: “The claim that there is an exit clause in our football player’s contract, stating that his contract can be terminated with a compensation of 2.5 million euros (£2.2m) in case of an offer from the Premier League, is fictitious.
“However, the news that the player in question will leave the team on Tuesday is completely untrue. The initiative regarding Wout Weghorst belongs entirely to Besiktas.”