Back in November of last year, non-league side Ashton United released a statement on their official website which suggested they wanted to make a loan approach to keep Man City’s Erling Haaland fit whilst the World Cup was going on as Norway did not take part.
No move, of course, transpired during the winter, but the club are once again trying to stoke the Haaland fire.
Ashton United co-chairman Jonathan Sayer has been quoted by The Sun as saying that the offer still stands. “The door is always open to Erling,” he said.
“To be honest, the door is open to his dad as well! I think he could do a job for us. “The offer was genuine but we never heard anything from City, so it wasn’t a no. And at the game which would’ve been his debut, quite a few fans turned up wearing Erling Haaland masks. I’d like to think he was one but wearing a mask of himself!
“The impact has been positive. Our social media fallout almost doubled. So lots of new people found Ashton United.
“We sold extra shirts, including some to places that aren’t so near here. There might have been one or two sent to Norway, we definitely sent a lot to America and a few to France. “But the interest it generated was huge, we even had TV in Australia wanting to speak to us.”