Manchester United forward linked with shock £14m exit - but van Gaal must keep him

Hull City KC North Stand

Hull City have been linked with a shock move to sign Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck today.

The Tigers are embarking on their first ever European campaign after losing the FA Cup final to Arsenal back in May. Manager Steve Bruce has already splashed the cash this summer, bringing Harry Maguire, Andrew Robertson, Jake Livermore, Robert Snodgrass and Thomas Ince to the KC Stadium.

However, having just wrapped up the bizarre £12m sale of striker Shane Long to Southampton today, Bruce is looking to bring in a replacement to partner with Nikica Jelavic. The Croatian is a physical unit who thrived last season with a pacey striker alongside him in Long, meaning Bruce must try to bring in a similar speedy forward.

The player that is reportedly at the top of Bruce's wish list plays for his former club Manchester United – England international Danny Welbeck.

The 23-year-old may have started for England at the World Cup in Brazil this summer, but he is still firmly behind Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney in the Old Trafford pecking order, leading to speculation that Welbeck could look to leave the club this summer.

However, Welbeck and United would be foolish to seal a deal with Hull, even if the Tigers are offering a whopping £14m.

Whilst far from a key player at Old Trafford, Welbeck possesses the raw athleticism that the United frontline lacks at times. He has pace and a great work ethic, whilst nine goals in 25 appearances last season show that he can still contribute in front of goal too.

For the player himself, a move to Hull is too big of a step down at this stage in his career. Everton or Tottenham, sure, but Hull? Welbeck can do better than that, and the player should know that - even if he doesn't feel as important at United as he would elsewhere.

With Javier Hernandez seemingly set to leave United before the end of the month, Welbeck would be valuable cover up front - and would still be needed given van Persie's famously persistent injury problems. Welbeck offers attributes that no other United forward can, and for that reason alone, the Red Devils would be foolish to let him leave this summer.

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