Manchester United are ready to hijack Liverpool’s bid to bring German striker Timo Werner to the Premier League.

United, who drew a blank in defeat at Bournemouth , are ready to make a move for 23-year-old RB Leipzig hit-man in the January transfer window in an effort to beat their Anfield rivals to one of Europe’s most highly-rated finishers.

Werner signed a new four-year contract with Leipzig in the summer when his dream move to Bayern Munich failed to materialise.

But the agreement included a buy-out clause of just £27million.