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Man Utd fans delighted as mysterious picture emerges of Erling Haaland signing shirt ahead of £76million January move

MANCHESTER UNITED fans could not contain their excitement as a picture emerged of Erling Braut Haaland appearing to sign a Red Devils shirt.

The image, shared on Twitter with the caption "hello there", showed the United transfer target putting pen to... polyester on the current home jersey.

Of course, it is unclear the reason behind the signing while some suggested that the pic might even be photoshopped.

Nonetheless, plenty of United supporters shared their joy and the Red Devils Reddit page even crashed.

One said: "Good looking lad. The red will suit him."

Another added: "It’s happening," with a gif of Haaland celebrating for current side Red Bull Salzburg.

And a third wrote: "Welcome to Old Trafford."

Haaland uploaded to his Instagram on Tuesday evening to offer his appreciation to his fans for their support throughout 2019 ahead of the winter break - Salzburg's next game is not until February.

He then added a chick emoji next to 2019 and a lion one alongside 2020 as he looks to continue his sensational rise.

As revealed by SunSport earlier, Manchester United are confident of securing a £76million move for the teenager when the transfer window reopens in January.

If a deal is done in the New Year, it is understood Haaland would be loaned back to RB Salzburg for the remainder of the season.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made the 19-year-old prodigy his top target and is desperate to beat off competition from across Europe for the striker’s services.

Solskjaer had wanted to bring in the forward, who has scored 28 goals in 22 appearances this season, in January to boost the club’s battle for a top-four finish.

But Salzburg are insisting they will only do a deal if they are able to keep the brilliant teenager for the remainder of the campaign.

Haaland himself is keen on making the move to Old Trafford, but would be happy with the arrangement to be loaned back to his current club until May.

And while United would prefer to have him available straight away, such is their desire to snap up one of Europe’s best young players, they are thought to be coming round to the idea of accepting Salzburg’s terms.

German club RB Leipzig have an arrangement with sister club Salzburg where they can buy him for just £20m, and they have confirmed they have made their move to take up that option.

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