Manchester United have reportedly joined the race to sign Hoffenheim defender David Raum.
Raum, 24, plays left-back for his club and the Germany national team, which he joined last year.
Raum’s strong form has attracted interest from a number of clubs, including Borussia Dortmund and Premier League duo West Ham United and Newcastle United.
According to Sky in Germany, Dortmund may want to make a transfer but are unable to move forward with a £26m deal until it sells with Niklas Sule and Nico Schlotterbeck already acquired in defence.
Raum stands at just under 1m80 but it’s his attacking skills that make him an interesting player for the likes of Man United.
Raum contributed 13 assists at left-back in the Bundesliga last season and completed the most crosses into the box in Europe’s top five leagues.
Raum also ranked 13th in the Bundesliga for blocked passes and in the top 10 for tackled dribblers.
As Erik ten Hag prepares to welcome the United squad back to pre-season training, the position of a number of players in the squad, including the left-back, will come under scrutiny.
Luke Shaw’s alarming relegation after Euro 2020 saw the Englishman replaced by his substitute Alex Telles in the second half of the season, although injury also played a big part.
Telles didn’t fare much better, however, and United’s defense looked even worse, resulting in the Red Devils under Ralf Rangnick having their worst defensive record ever.
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United are looking to push ahead with deals for Christian Eriksen and Frenkie de Jong in this window and have also been linked with a transfer for Ajax duo Antony and Jurrien Timber.
The only thing that is certain is that Ten Hag wants to polish the United squad and progress on the deals must be made quickly.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5591396/man-utd-transfer-david-raum-hoffenheim/ Man Utd join the transfer race for Hoffenheim defender David Raum, with Borussia Dortmund, West Ham and Newcastle all interested