Manchester United have reportedly joined Chelsea in the race to sign Lyon star Moussa Dembele - despite the French club's insistence they will not sell in this window.

The news will interest Celtic who are reported to have a significant sell-on percentage when the striker leaves his current club.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking for a replacement for Marcus Rashford after a back injury ruled him out of action for months.

And reports from France suggest that they have turned their attention to Lyon hitman Dembele.

FootMercato claim that United have been keeping close tabs on the 23-year-old, and sent scouts to watch him play in the 4-3 win over Nantes on Saturday.

Chelsea have been linked with a move for Dembele for months, and are believed to have had an offer of £34m rebuffed, while Tottenham are also credited with interest after Harry Kane's long-term layoff.

Lyon's French forward Moussa Dembele shoots and scores

It's reported that United are ready to put £42m on the table to tempt Lyon into selling, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitting that he may delve into the market this month for a new frontman.

"Desperately? Not desperately," he replied when asked how much United need a new striker.

"Of course we're looking at numbers as well, because we've had many injuries.

"So if the right one is there and it will fit for us, we can buy.

"If there's loans available it might be possible.

"But I've got players here as well that are chomping at the bit."

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has been insistent that he will not sell Dembele this month.

"We have not changed our minds. We already made this issue clear in August," he said.

'Moussa is an excellent player. A player who we need.

'We are taking explicit measures in our recruitment to not bring someone in who will compete for his position. It is not a question of money. Moussa will be with us."

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