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Seventh-tier English club makes cheeky loan bid for Erling Haaland

Erling Haaland
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As Haaland won’t be at the World Cup, a non-league English club attempted to sign the Premier League’s top-scorer on loan.

Ashton United have made Manchester City an offer to sign Erling Haaland on loan during the World Cup break.

The Manchester-based club, which plays in the seventh-tier of English football, hopes to tempt City into a 28-day loan agreement as a way of keeping Haaland match-fit as he won’t compete in the World Cup after Norway’s failure to qualify.

“It just makes sense,” Ashton United manager Michael Clegg told the club’s website.

“City aren’t playing, and we want to help by keeping Erling fit. It makes more sense than him playing golf for six weeks. We think he will be a great fit for us and would slot in with our squad dynamic really well.”

Ashton United added that City are yet to respond to their offer to take Haaland out on loan.

The 22-year-old striker has scored 18 goals in the Premier League this season since his €60 million summer arrival from Borussia Dortmund, with a further five Champions League goals taking his overall tally to 23 goals.

He is not expected to return to training at City until early December.