MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly in talks with Espanyol over a £25million transfer for striker Raul de Tomas.
Cope claims the 27-year-old has worked his way onto Erik ten Hag’s shortlist as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.
United have got off to an awful start this season, losing at home to Brighton before being battered by Brentford on Saturday.
Club legend Ronaldo remains desperate to quit despite starting against the Bees.
And Ten Hag is now on the hunt for a new forward to lead the line this season.
Former Real Madrid youngster De Tomas is now being looked at after scoring 40 league goals in the last two seasons.
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The Spain international has made steady progress since a poor six-month spell at Benfica in 2019.
And United are now said to be in “open negotiations” as club chiefs look to provide Ten Hag with much-needed reinforcements.
The Red Devils have also been linked with former Chelsea flop Alvaro Morata, now at Atletico Madrid.
And Paris Saint-Germain misfit Mauro Icardi is thought to be in their sights too.
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But it appears De Tomas is the man Ten Hag would prefer to select as his new striker this term.
United’s new boss also hopes for a boost in midfield, with a deal for Juventus’ Adrien Rabiot growing closer.
Ten Hag remains upbeat over Frenkie de Jong too, despite the Dutchman’s predicament at Barcelona.
Chelsea’s interest in De Jong appeared to cool last week, putting United back in pole position.
But an apparent hamstring injury to N’Golo Kante could now see the Blues return, leaving United’s hopes in tatters.
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