Man Utd chief Ed Woodward has three strikers on transfer wishlist including Timo Werner

Manchester United will be in the market for attacking reinforcements at the end of the season and chief executive Ed Woodward reportedly has three strikers on his shortlist.

The Red Devils failed to replace Romelu Lukaku last year when they sold the Belgian to Inter Milan.

They attempted to sign Erling Braut Haaland from Red Bull Salzburg in January but missed out as the 19-year-old opted for a move to Borussia Dortmund.

In a state of desperation, United loaned Odion Ighalo from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua.

But when the summer transfer window reopens they will hunt for a permanent forward to lead the line.

The Evening Standard claim RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, who is Liverpool’s top target, has climbed into United’s top three most wanted hitmen.

The 24-year-old German international has a £52million release clause which can be activated this year.

However, Werner is not top of the wishlist as that place is apparently taken by Lyon striker Moussa Dembele.

Wolves’ prolific Mexican Raul Jimenez completes United’s three-man shortlist to find a successor for Lukaku.

Anthony Martial has had to shoulder most of the goalscoring burden this season but the pressure is expected to be eased by reinforcements next year.

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Meanwhile, former United midfielder Owen Hargreaves thinks Werner would fit into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

But he also feels that the Leipzig star would also blossom at Liverpool or Chelsea.

“Everywhere, I could see him everywhere. I mean, under Jurgen Klopp he would be perfect there [at Liverpool] especially with his hard working,” Hargreaves told BT Sport.

“But I could see him at Manchester United, I think they could do with a number nine and his ability to score goals – with Lukaku leaving [last season] – could be a big plus.

“I think he could fit into that young dynamic Chelsea team. Whoever gets him is going to be lucky.

“Any team that plays attacking football, he’s going to be perfect. I just hope he picks the right option because he’s going to have a lot of them.”

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