Manchester United scouts have watched Lille striker Jonathan David several times, according to Sky Sports reporter Florian Plettenberg.

The 22-year-old, who is undoubtedly one of the players to watch at the World Cup, has been in red hot form for the Ligue 1 giants this season.

He has nine Ligue 1 goals to his name for the 2022-23 campaign, which is only bettered by Terem Moffi (10), Neymar (11) and Kylian Mbappe (12).

The former Gent ace looks on tracks to surpass the 15 goals he managed in the French top-flight last season and since making the move to the Stade Pierre-Mauroy two years ago, David has 41 goals and eight assists from 111 matches for Lille.

Manchester United scouts have watched Lille striker Jonathan David several times

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Following the termination of Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract, Erik ten Hag’s striking options are somewhat depleted ahead of entering the second half of the campaign.

However, with the Red Devils saving a reported £16m in wages with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner now a free agent – the twenty-time league champions may look to sign a striker in the January transfer window.

David’s contract with Lille expires in 2023, but according to Plettenberg the Canadian striker who is reportedly valued at £43m is keen to take the next step in his career, and with Lille not in Europe this season, Ten Hag could firm up his reported interest with an official approach in January.

With the saving made from Ronaldo’s departure, United would have to stump up an additional £27m to meet Lille’s reported valuation.

One former Manchester United player who would likely love to see David move to Old Trafford is Owen Hargreaves.

Hargreaves, who was born in Canada before opting to represent England, spoke very highly about David on Michael Calvin’s Football People podcast.

Hargreaves said: “Jonathan David upfront he’s a fantastic player – he’s a handful.”

David, who turns 23 in January, has his best years ahead of him and after signing several elder statesmen on short-term contracts to temporary fill the striker role, Manchester United are yet to sign an out and out long-term replacement for Romelu Lukaku who left the club three years ago.

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