Manchester United scouts watch Moussa Dembele and Boubakary Soumare

Manchester United scouts watch Moussa Dembele and Boubakary SoumareLyon striker and Lille midfielder on opposite sides in French League Cup semi-final on Tuesday night

The two Ligue 1 clubs faced off in the French League Cup semi-final on Tuesday, with Dembele scoring the opener from the spot and also converting a penalty in the shoot-out to send Lyon through to the final following a 2-2 draw in regular time.

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Moussa Dembele has 15 goals in 29 appearances for Lyon this termManchester United have sent scouts to watch Lyon striker Moussa Dembele and Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare.

United scouts were in attendance as they ramp up their search for a midfielder and a striker, and the 23-year-old forward remains a strong option for the Red Devils after interest in the summer.

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Old Trafford scouts have also watched the 23-year-old in action against Nantes last weekend, when he scored and set up a goal in a 4-3 win.

Lyon have reiterated their will to keep hold of the France international through an official statement, with president Jean-Michel Aulas saying the former Celtic striker “wants to stay to win something with Lyon”.

‘Man Utd scouts watching Dembele’Sky Sports News’ Kaveh Solhekol says Lyon forward Moussa Dembele is one of a number of players Manchester United are interested in signing.

Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol gives an update on Manchester United’s hunt for a striker, with scouts watching Dembele

However, this month the Ligue 1 club have signed striker Karl Toko Ekambi from Villarreal and are also in talks with Le Havre over their forward Tino Kadewere.

United are on the hunt for a striker in the January transfer window after seeing Marcus Rashford suffer a double stress fracture in the back, an injury which will sideline him for at least six weeks.

Soumare is also on United’s wishlist and could represent a midfield alternative after talks with Sporting CP over Bruno Fernandes hit a roadblock.

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