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Manchester United: Samuel Luckhurst says Red Devils still open to signing right-back

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Manchester United are still open to replacing Aaron Wan-Bissaka despite agreeing to loan out Ethan Laird, according to Samuel Luckhurst of Manchester Evening News.

The lowdown

Laird is poised to join Watford, who were relegated back to the Championship at the end of last season, on a temporary deal. The 20-year-old has given his assent to the move, which should go through imminently.

New United manager Erik ten Hag has been shaking up the full-back ranks at Old Trafford since he arrived at the club. He has signed Tyrell Malacia from Feyenoord to compete with Luke Shaw, shelling out an initial £12.7m.

He has also installed Diogo Dalot as the first-choice right-back ahead of Wan-Bissaka, who started 20 Premier League games last season.

The latest

Sharing the latest, Luckhurst tweeted: “Ethan Laird set to join Watford on loan. Likely move doesn’t secure Wan-Bissaka’s future, with #mufc open to signing a right-back if they can shift him”.

In the attached article, the reporter adds that United have rebuffed any approaches for Dalot but are ‘eager’ to offload Wan-Bissaka.

The verdict

You can understand why Ten Hag isn’t too keen on Wan-Bissaka, whose contribution going forwards may be regarded as insufficient after he failed to register a single assist in any competition last season.

Fortunately, he should still retain some value as a 24-year-old with two years left on his contract – indeed, Transfermarkt rate him at a healthy £22.5m.

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Who could United target if they do manage to offload the former Crystal Palace right-back?

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