Ralf Rangnick told a striker West Ham United had reportedly signed to reject Man United as Sasa Kalajdzic claim is made.
Earlier this week speculation was rife Manchester United were trying to sign former West Ham star Marko Arnautovic.
That move was vetoed and now it seems Man United had also been tracking another Austrian striker with links to West Ham.
Signing a new striker has been a key element to David Moyes’ own rebuild at West Ham.
The Hammers finally managed that after an 18-month search with the £35m arrival of Gianluca Scamacca.
Before Scamacca joined West Ham, Moyes had been linked with a plethora of forwards.
One of them was giant Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic.
There was surprise and excitement about a month ago when respected Sport BILD journalist Marcel Reif claimed live on air that Kalajdzic was joining West Ham from Stuttgart imminently.
Reif claimed ‘clear agreements’ were in place between the Hammers, Stuttgart and the coveted striker.
The move did not happen of course although the Hammers have been consistently linked with a deal to bring the Austria international Kalajdzic to the London Stadium by the likes of The Daily Mail and Sport Bild.
Moyes elected to sign Italy forward Scamacca and now Man United are alleged to have been looking at his former target Kalajdzic.
But Man United have encountered a problem it seems, thanks to their former manager no less.
Because Ralf Rangnick has told the striker West Ham had reportedly signed to reject Man United as a Kalajdzic claim is made.
“It is important that Sasa remains injury-free this season and trains and plays at the highest possible level,” Rangnick – now Austria manager – told Sky Germany, as reported by Get German Football News.
“If he stays in Stuttgart this season, it will not be detrimental to his development.”
It is easy to see why the exciting 25-year-old interests the likes of West Ham and Man United.
Kalajdzic stands at 6ft 7in tall and has a brilliant record of 47 goals in 121 games for club and country with over 20 assists to his name to boot. He made one appearance for Austria at last summer’s Euros and scored.
Thankfully West Ham have their striker now. But a penny for the thoughts of Man United fans over Rangnick’s advice to a striker they reportedly wanted to sign. Especially considering Rangnick was meant to be moving into a sporting director role advising on transfer strategy at Old Trafford before that was scrapped following the arrival of ten Hag.