With Premier League top goalscorer Erling Haaland not involved in FIFA World Cup action this year, a shock club are trying to lure the Norwegian on loan for the duration of the tournament.
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Ashton United, a non-league side in the seventh tier of the English football, released a statement on Monday confirming they had submitted an offer to City for Haaland on loan for the next 28 days.
"Ashton United can confirm that the club has submitted a 28-day loan approach for Manchester City striker Erling Haaland," a statement released to the club's website read.
"With the current Premier League champions not in action until late December due to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, The Robins have reached out to our neighbours at the Etihad in order to keep Haaland’s match fitness with him not being involved in Qatar."
Speaking after his side's most recent defeat, club boss Michael Clegg added: "It just makes sense. City aren’t playing, and we want to help by keeping Erling fit, it makes more sense than him playing golf for six weeks.
"We think he will be a great fit for us, and would slot in with our squad dynamic really well."
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Norway failed to qualify for the global showpiece in Qatar and while Haaland has likely planned to take some time off from the pressures of the English top-flight by taking holiday during that period, The Robins, who play at Hurst Cross, which is a driving distance away from the Etihad Stadium - have offered him the chance to stay match fit.
Ashton are yet to receive a response from the reigning champions of England.
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