Manchester United have a surprise new target on their transfer radar, with huge doubts over a permanent deal for Radamel Falcao leading to growing interest in a move for Burnley striker Danny Ings.
The 22-year-old showed United what he's capable first-hand on Wednesday night, scoring with a bullet header at Old Trafford as Burnley gave United a fright before going down to a 3-1 defeat.
United manager Louis van Gaal was clearly impressed with what he saw from the young forward, with The Telegraph reporting that he'll feature alongside familiar names in Mats Hummels, Kevin Strootman and Aymeric Laporte when summer transfer strategy is discussed this week.
Meeting with the Glazers this week
Van Gaal will talk to Joel and Avram Glazer this week while the pair are in Manchester to discuss long-term transfer policy, with the Dutchman expecting to get the funds required to go on another spending spree and turn the club into genuine title contenders.
Ings is a new name on that agenda, but when you factor his strong debut season in the Premier League alongside Falcao's disappointing form a cut-price move for a striker also being monitored by Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur seems perfectly plausible.
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Is Ings good enough for United?
United could pick Ings up on the cheap thanks to the striker's contract situation at Burnley. The Clarets main man is free to leave this summer and has been allowed to hold talks with interested clubs since last month, but that hasn't affected a fine run of form which has seen the marksman score five times in his last six matches.
Liverpool remain favourites to secure his signature and have been in touch with his representatives, but United are confident they could hijack those talks in search of strength in depth in attack.
Falcao's struggles have effectively forced them to seriously consider a change in attack, with the Colombian striker only scoring four times all season long.
Van Persie hasn't set the world alight either, but Ings would have it all to prove if United take a chance on him being able to make the step up next season.
Given United's incredible spending power you have to think Ings would struggle to command a regular starting spot even if he did move to the Theatre of Dreams, so both parties should probably look elsewhere despite the clever striker possessing tremendous raw potential.
What do you think United fans, is Ings good enough to play for the club? Have your say in the comment box below
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