Ferenc Puskas

Manchester United have launched an audacious bid for the remains of Ferenc Puskás as the Old Trafford side continue to search for a striker to accompany the out of form Wayne Rooney.

Although unwilling to discuss values, it is understood that United have made a significant offer to the family of Hungary’s greatest player, who passed away in 2006 aged 79.

Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said: ‘I think it’s an open secret that we’ve been looking for new striking options throughout the summer, but so far we’ve come up blank. Now we’ve gone through pretty much every single living player, and failed to convince Denis Law to come out of retirement, we’ve had to go to Plan C, which is to dig up Ferenc Puskás’s remains and stick him in a United shirt’.

United were drawn by Puskas’s incredible scoring record – 508 goals in 521 games for Budapest Honvéd and Real Madrid, as well as 84 goals in 85 internationals for Hungary – as well as the fact that he was buried rather than cremated.