Manchester United have reportedly closed the door on a January move for Mario Mandzukic and will turn their attention to Erling Braut Haaland.
Signing the 33-year-old would have gone against United’s current strategy of signing young players who can develop with the club, but would have added instant experience to a squad which has become reliant on young players.
Instead, Solskjaer is believed to want a player he can throw straight into action – and Haaland is thought to be just the man.
The 19-year-old has shot to prominence with his record-breaking scoring form for Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League this season.
With eight goals in the competition so far he is the second top scorer behind Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski – while he also has 15 goals in 12 appearances in the Austrian Bundesliga.
Haaland became the first player to score six goals in his first three Champions League games, and the second teenager to score in each of his first three appearances in the competition, after Karim Benzema.
The Norwegian also became the first teenager to score six goals in a Champions League season.
The son of former Leeds United and Manchester City midfielder Alfie Inge Haaland, he played under Solskjaer at Norwegian club Molde.
And United have been linked with a £75million deal to take the hotshot to Old Trafford in January, which would be a huge boost with the club currently ninth in the Premier League, nine points outside the top four.