Manchester United have dropped their interest in Burnley striker Danny Ings leaving Liverpool and Tottenham to fight it out for his signature, reports The Telegraph.
The 23-year-old, who scored 11 Premier League goals this season, has just one month remaining on his contract at Turf Moor and has been attracting interest from several clubs from both England and Europe.
Louis van Gaal was believed to be admirer with Manchester United looking to freshen up their faltering forward line ahead of next season.
However, it is now being reported that Old Trafford officials have dropped their interest in Ings in what will be considered a massive boost by both Liverpool and Tottenham.
A move to Anfield has looked most likely for several months but Mauricio Pochettino threw the cat amongst the pigeons on Wednesday by launching a shock £12m offer.
Any Premier League club wanting to sign Ings when his contract expires would still have to fork out around £5m in compensation, but Tottenham are hoping to get the jump on Liverpool by making the offer.
It would allow Tottenham to speak to Ings before Liverpool and would also show the England Under-21 international how much he would be valued at White Hart Lane.
Liverpool are expected to respond to the offer with their own but, if they are feeling confident, could hold out until the striker officially leaves the club at the end of June.
Either way, Liverpool's chances of landing the striker have significantly increased following the news that Manchester United are no longer interested.
Van Gaal was looking to replace Radamel Falcao and potentially Robin van Persie this summer, but may have chosen to pursue more internationally established options.
Manchester United have granted him license to spend big once again and their reported target and Real Madrid star Karim Benzema would certainly fit the bill as a better option than Ings.
It is now down to Ings to decide who to sign for, Tottenham or Liverpool. Both clubs can offer Europa League football with a similar chance of qualifying from the Champions League in the future.
However, when it comes to club history Liverpool are certainly winners, but the chance to play alongside his Under-21 team-mate Harry Kane at White Hart Lane will also be tempting.
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