Manchester United 'discuss' former Sheffield United and Barnsley men as transfer options amid Zirkzee pursuit

Manchester United have reportedly discussed former Barnsley forward Ivan Toney and Sheffield United academy graduate Dominic Calvert-Lewin as potential transfer options.

The Red Devils have been engaged in a rather public pursuit of Bologna marksman Joshua Zirkzee and talks are said to be progressing. However, The Athletic have claimed the Netherlands international may not be the only new addition to the Manchester United frontline.

Both Toney and Calvert-Lewin are said to have been discussed, with neither appearing likely to commit to their current clubs. Toney has been linked with a move away from Brentford for months, while speculation regarding Calvert-Lewin is gathering speed.

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Sales would need to be made to fund the addition of a second forward but the prospect of it happening has not been ruled out, the report claims.

Manchester United have been linked with two forward who have previously plied their trade in Yorkshire. Image: Stu Forster/Getty ImagesManchester United have been linked with two forward who have previously plied their trade in Yorkshire. Image: Stu Forster/Getty Images
Manchester United have been linked with two forward who have previously plied their trade in Yorkshire. Image: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Toney had two loan spells at Barnsley when he was cutting his teeth at Newcastle United. He amassed 21 appearances for the Reds but looked raw and notched just twice.

After leaving Newcastle, he enjoyed a prolific spell at Peterborough United before joining Brentford. He has since blossomed into one of England’s most revered marksmen and is currently on duty with England at Euro 2024.

Calvert-Lewin is not in Germany with the Three Lions but is a key figure for Everton. He has just one year remaining on his deal and is said to have attracted admiring glances.

He is a graduate of Sheffield United’s academy and made 12 senior appearances for the Blades before being snapped up by the Toffees.

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