Manchester United have simple Danny Ings decision following contract rejection

Man Utd haven't ruled out signing a new striker this summer and Southampton forward Danny Ings could be available.


Manchester United's eyes are peeled as they look out for potential bargain buys in the summer transfer window.

Solid foundations have already been set for a successful summer as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer worked hard to sign top target Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund and progress continues over the pursuit of Raphael Varane in defence.

Those two additions would bring a notable lift in quality to United this summer, but former forward Solskjaer is refusing to rule out the arrival of a new striker to a squad which is already exploding with attacking talent.

Harry Kane and Erling Haaland very much remain the two top targets at centre-forward, though their huge price-tags make any deal unlikely this summer.

If a move for either of the duo is to take place then United will need to hope they are still available in a year's time when adding a striker can be made the priority. If they want an attacking addition in the meantime they will likely need to get clever and go for a bargain option.

One such player to consider could be Danny Ings, with reports on Monday morning stating the forward had rejected a new four-year deal at Southampton, sparking somewhat of a transfer frenzy.

Ings netted 13 times in 33 appearances for Southampton last season, once again reiterating himself as a reliable Premier League marksman and one of the deadliest strikers outside of the traditional 'Big Six' clubs.

Despite his reoccurring injury concerns Ings, 28, has rebuilt his reputation after a tough four years at Liverpool in which he managed only 25 appearances and could be rewarded with one last shot at proving himself with an elite club.

United are understood to be admirers of the former Burnley forward, but this summer admiration is where their interest in Ings should probably end.

There is no denying the fact Ings would be a useful asset to any Premier League squad next season but after agreeing a contract extension for Edinson Cavani he is not a luxury that needs to be considered by Solskjaer at this moment in time.

United appreciate they will not be able to call upon Cavani for every match next season though their alternative to him should be using Mason Greenwood in a central role rather than buying a No.9 who isn't world-class.

Even if Cavani only hangs around for one more year in Manchester the focus next summer should be on signing a player like Kane or Haaland to be their go-to striker for the next decade, making a transfer for Ings this window redundant as a long-term investment.

While there might be no direct alternative to Cavani in the squad at the moment there is also an argument to suggest United should prioritise the development of impressive youngsters like Joe Hugill and Charlie McNeil in the youth set-up rather than invest a sizeable fee in someone who will only ever be viewed as a back-up option.

With the addition of a new striker only viewed as a bonus this summer United should only be in the market for a bargain buy with the long-term ambition of recruiting a world-class No.9 in a year's time.

Ings would certainly be able to do a job for United in such a back-up role, though with priorities elsewhere and promising youngsters at the club, he is a transfer that doesn't need to be made this summer.

But if he's still available on a free transfer at the end of next season it would certainly be a bonus buy worth endorsing.

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