Man Utd targeting ex-Liverpool striker Danny Ings amid Harry Kane complications
Manchester United are reportedly considering a move for Southampton striker Danny Ings as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer eyes further attacking reinforcements at the end of the season.
The Red Devils confirmed the 12-month extension of Edinson Cavani’s contract last week after impressing in his first season in English football.
But with question marks over the likes Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood’s ability to play through the middle, another centre-forward could arrive.
Solskjaer addressed speculation that Cavani’s new contract could stop any other arrivals in that position, saying: “We’re looking to strengthen the squad of course.
“There are many, many, many things you have to consider when you put a squad together.
“I’m not saying that if Eddie [Cavani] stays that means someone else in a forward position won’t come in.”
And according to the Telegraph, United could turn to former Liverpool striker Ings, who has just one year remaining on his contract with Southampton.
The 28-year-old has 13 goals in all competitions this season, after netting 25 in 2019/20.
Despite having just 12 months on his contract, Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is confident his most prized asset will stay at St. Mary’s long term.
“He knows that we want him to stay with us as long as he wants. For us, it’s important that he stays with us,” the Saints boss said last week.
“I am also positive that it will happen, maybe not now but maybe we will find in the next few months a chance to make this happen.
“With Danny we are a different side because he makes the chances we need to score and sometimes also goals when you don’t think there is a chance.”
The centre forward market has of course taken a twist earlier this week, with the news that Harry Kane is looking to leave Tottenham.
United are one of the clubs said to have made contact with his representatives, although Daniel Levy is likely to be holding out for a whopping transfer fee in the region of £150million.
Ings would provide a safe option at a considerably lower amount, opening the possibility that a striker and Jadon Sancho could arrive this summer.
After spending much of last summer chasing the Borussia Dortmund winger, reports have suggested he is still a priority this time around.
Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc has previously claimed the Bundesliga giants have a gentleman’s agreement with the England international which will mean he is allowed to leave should certain conditions be met.
United bosses failed to meet Sancho’s £108m valuation last summer, with the belief he could be available for closer to £80m 12 months on.
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