Manchester United have put signing a new striker on hold to focus their attention on landing Jadon Sancho, according to report.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping to splash the cash in the upcoming window as he looks to strengthen his squad with young talent.
The Norwegian boss had been set to look at recruiting a new striker with his side failing to replace Romelu Lukaku in the previous window.
However, with the news Odion Ighalo has now extended his stay until January, Solskjaer will target Sancho, according to the Evening Standard.
Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua have allowed the Nigerian to extend his stay at Old Trafford beyond the season after the campaign was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Solskjaer will get a closer look at whether he wants to try and sign him permanently, while he is also studying Mason Greenwood’s rise carefully.
The 18-year-old has impressed with his displays this term having netted 12 goals in all competitions.
The Evening Standard claim Sancho is Solskjaer’s ‘dream target’ even though United are reluctant to pay Borussia Dortmund’s £100m asking price.
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has promised his manager the club will be competitive in the transfer market.
Sancho is also attracting interest from Chelsea and Woodward will hope he can deliver Solskjaer’s priority target with a striker now not potentially needed until January.
Ighalo, Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford all provide Solskjaer with attacking options but United do have striker targets in mind.
Erling Haaland, Timo Werner, Moussa Dembele and Harry Kane were all on his wanted list but given the financial restraints after the coronavirus pandemic it has become more difficult.
But for now Sancho remains the priority – a deal former United defender Wes Brown is keen to see happen.
“We need someone exactly like that at the club.
“We’ve had them over the years and I’m sure if we were to sign him he would bring that excitement back to the club.
“It would be good for the team as well.
“We’ve had players like that in the past, like with Cristiano Ronaldo.
“They’re the type of player who draw three or four defenders out and make the game a lot easier for the other players.
“If we could do it, it would be a brilliant signing.”