Manchester United have reportedly set their sights of Southampton striker Danny Ings, whose contract expires in a year, ahead of the summer transfer window.
According to a report from The Telegraph, Manchester United are interested in signing Southampton centre-forward Danny Ings in the upcoming transfer window as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer eyes attacking reinforcements.
Ings is currently in this third season with Southampton, having joined the club in 2018 after an injury-riddled spell at Liverpool. The 28-year-old initially joined the Saints on loan and did enough to convince them to invest in him permanently in the summer of 2019. Having made the switch permanent, the Englishman enjoyed a prolific 2019/20 campaign during which he breached the 20-goal mark.
Ings started the current season on fire as well, but a dip in form for him and the team, coupled with a few niggling injuries meant he has not been able to hit the heights of last season. Nevertheless, the former Burnley and Liverpool ace has managed 13 goals and four assists from 32 matches across all competitions.
Ings is set to enter the final year of his contract with Southampton at the end of the season. And, as per the report, talks over a new deal have not gone particularly well, casting his future at St. Mary’s into doubts. And, it seems like Manchester United are ready to pounce on the England international, with Solskjaer seeking to add to his attacking weaponry.
Manchester United recently extended the contract of Edinson Cavani by another year. However, at 34, despite the fine season he is having, the Uruguayan’s game-time needs to be managed carefully. And with Anthony Martial’s future looking uncertain after yet another underwhelming campaign, it only makes sense for the 20-time English champions to look for another quality marksman to lead the like.
Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur is a prime target, especially after he recently informed the club that he wants to leave at the end of the season. However, the competition for the England captain and the finances involved could force Manchester United to look elsewhere, as is the case with another priority target, Erling Haaland.
To that end, Ings becomes a viable target for the Red Devils, with the club reported to have already made enquiries about his situation at Southampton, aware that any formal offer for the Englishman could pressure the Saints into considering a sale. The 28-year-old has also been linked with a move to United’s local rivals City and it remains to be seen if he ends up making his way to Manchester come summer.