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Fabrizio Romano: Manchester United will start internal discussions by April or May for a new striker

Manchester United want to sign a new striker in the summer to help Rasmus Hojlund, according to Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.

Anthony Martial is set to leave the Red Devils at the end of the season when his contract ends, and the club want to bolster the position with the recruitment of another number nine.

However, while they are yet to identify which player they want, Man United co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe wants to strengthen the striking department, and it is something incoming sporting director Dan Ashworth is expected to focus on.

“Man United next summer will bring in a new striker,” Romano said on his YouTube channel. “The plan looks very clear. Sir Jim Ratcliffe is building a new structure, as we know.

“Dan Ashworth and other people working for the club in terms of board preparing for the summer transfer window. But for Manchester United, it is really important to say that they have not decided yet who is the striker they want to sign.

“They want to bring in one more to help Rasmus Hojlund to keep performing. His potential is huge, they are very happy with him, but one more (striker) will have in the rotation for the manager and for the player.

“But they still don’t have the idea of the player – if it’s going to be a young one or if they want to go with an experienced one with Rasmus Hojlund already being 21.

“So it is on Man United to decide what kind of player they want. This is going to be with the new director for sure.

“This is going to be a crucial step for the new project, but Sir Jim Ratcliffe has very clear ideas with all the people next to him preparing for the summer transfer window, and it is to bring in a new striker.

“Manchester United are really working on a new striker, but the name will be decided later this year, around April, May, the internal discussions will take place, and we will know who is the striker Man United want for the summer transfer window.”

Hojlund has bagged 13 goals across all competitions for the Red Devils this term since joining from Atalanta last summer, with eight goals and two assists in his last eight appearances.

However, Man United need quality depth up front, and landing a striker that will keep the Denmark international on his toes will help them achieve their aims.

He has shown he has what it takes to be the main man for the Red Devils, but he cannot play every game as Man United will be hoping to challenge across four competitions next term.

It will be intriguing to see which striker they will bring to the Theatre of Dreams to support Hojlund.