Manchester United are considering a shock move for Anwar El Ghazi.

That’s according to the Daily Mail, who have reported that the Red Devils are weighing up a free transfer for the winger to bolster their lack of options up top.

Erik ten Hag could only have Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Alejandro Garnacho to play out wide as they host Brighton this weekend, while Facundo Pellestri could also be brought into the mix.

As a last resort, the club are now looking at El Ghazi after he became a free agent last week.

The 28-year-old has had a nightmare few years and saw his latest contract with PSV terminated by mutual consent, despite scoring eight goals in Eredivisie last season.

El Ghazi’s arrival in the Netherlands was a fresh start after a nightmare loan spell with Everton. The forward had found himself down the pecking order at Aston Villa during the 2021-22 season and was eventually sent to Goodison Park to rediscover his form.

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El Ghazi joined the Toffees in January of last year and managed only two cameo appearances, adding up to only eleven minutes.

The Dutchman will desperately want to forget about a disastrous end to his time in the Premier League, however he could now return for a third chance with Manchester United.

The Red Devils have been left concerned by their growing list of absentees in attack, with Jadon Sancho and Antony both facing uncertainty over their future at Old Trafford.

Sancho found himself in hot water when he publicly responded to Ten Hag’s criticism of him in training and is likely to be frozen out of the first team squad for the foreseeable future.

Meanwhile, his Brazilian teammate has agreed to a ‘period of absence’ away from football while he addresses allegations of assault made against him by his former girlfriend Gabriela Cavallin and two other women.

El Ghazi admits his Everton loan was ‘really tough’

If El Ghazi completes the move to United then he could come up against Everton on November 25, though it would be an even bigger surprise to see him pick up any minutes on Merseyside.

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El Ghazi has previously spoken out on his disappointing stint at Everton, telling The Athletic: “Everton is a big and great club, but three days after I signed, it was unlucky because Benitez was sacked.

“I tried to work hard and keep going and show the manager what I could do, but the system, and in his pecking order – I didn’t get a chance.

“I never had a proper opportunity at Everton and I’m not going to lie, it was a really tough period for me. Really tough.”

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