A NON-LEAGUE team have submitted a stunningly optimistic loan offer… for Manchester City superstar Erling Haaland.
Ashton United – who play in the Northern Premier League Premier Division, the seventh tier of English football – believe they can help the tar maintain his fitness while the World Cup in Qatar takes place.
Haaland joined Manchester City in the summer and has been in incredible form having scored 18 goals in 13 league games before he picked up an injury.
But he will not be in Qatar with the rest of the footballing world as Norway failed to qualify.
The Robins confirmed the offer in a club statement that reads: “Ashton United can confirm that the club has submitted a 28-day loan approach for Manchester City striker Erling Haaland.
“With the current Premier League champions not in action until late December due to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
“The Robins have reached out to our neighbours at the Ethiad in order to keep Haaland’s match fitness with him not being involved in Qatar.”
Manager Michael Clegg believes that the move “makes sense” for the striker as it would help him maintain his fitness and that he would “slot in” to the squad.
He said: “It just makes sense.
“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.”
The club has revealed that they have not heard back from the Premier League champions.
The statement added: “The club are yet to receive any response from Manchester City.”
Pep Guardiola’s players that are not going to the World Cup are due for a warm-weather training camp in Abu Dhabi, however Haaland not be joining his team-mates.
This is because he has been called-up by Norway for friendly matches against Ireland and Finland, as reported by the Daily Mail.
Following the matches, the striker will be given three weeks off to rest.
So it seems unlikely that Haaland will be playing at the Hurst Cross Stadium any time soon.