Danny Ings was considered as a probable solution as Manchester United continue their frantic search for a striker, according to the Telegraph.
The report from the Telegraph goes on to say that the England international was a top target for United in the club’s January window search for a striker.
The United hierarchy were interested in signing a striker with a proven Premier League Pedigree and surely Danny Ings ticks those boxes.
However, Southampton made it clear their talisman was NOT for sale.
The 27-year-old has been one of the key figures for the Saints with 14 league goals, 13 since the end of September. Those goals included winners against the likes of Tottenham and Leicester City.
As per Transfermarkt, Ings’ contract with Southampton still runs till the summer of 2022 although it is possible the club might be tempted to sell – if they get the right offer.
Due to his stellar form of late, Ings is expected to be named in Southgate’s England’s squad for friendlies in March and is even a serious contender to lead the three lions at the EUROS. Harry Kane remains a doubt for the tournament and Ings looks the next best thing in that regard – as it stands.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stressed the importance of getting a striker via the club’s official website, but with time running out, he might have to do with the options at his disposal.
The injury to Marcus Rashford left a major dent in United’s plan and the club are hopeful of getting someone to “score” goals consistently in due time.
Meanwhile, United will be hoping the arrival of Bruno Fernandes adds some firepower upfront to the team.