Manchester United are in talks to sign Benjamin Sesko and Marko Arnautovic, sources have told ESPN.

United have contacted Bologna over former Stoke and West Ham striker Arnautovic after Erik ten Hag pressed the club to sign an experienced striker who would be content with a substitute role off the bench.

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Arnautovic is 33 and sources have told ESPN that Ten Hag is a fan of his character after working together during his time as coach at FC Twente.

Sources have told ESPN that Arnautovic’s transfer is considered separate from Benjamin Sesko’s and talks are continuing with FC Salzburg for the 19-year-old striker.

Chelsea are also interested in Sesko, although sources have told ESPN that Salzburg would prefer to keep him until next summer. United hope to add at least one striker to the squad before the September 1 transfer deadline.

Anthony Martial is injured and Cristiano Ronaldo continues to recover after a summer away from the team while dealing with a family issue.

Ronaldo was only named as a substitute for Brighton’s 2-1 loss at Old Trafford on Sunday, with Ten Hag forced to use midfielder Christian Eriksen as a false No.9.

Ten Hag was asked after the match about the need for new players, but the Dutchman refused to give anything.

“I don’t go into names and I think in this pre-season there are 250 players involved or linked to Man United, so that’s it,” he said. “We have two strikers [Ronaldo and Martial] maybe a third [Marcus] Rashford.

“We considered him a striker, but he had a really good season on the left side and he had two really good chances, but the typical nine wasn’t available today.”