The Telegraph has reported that Manchester United have pulled out of the race to sign Burnley striker Danny Ings.
The 23-year-old managed 11 goals in the 2014/15 season but was unable to save his side from dropping back into the Championship.
Ings has attracted interest from several Premier League clubs after a superb first season in the top flight, scoring important goals such as a bullet header against Man United back in February and netting winners against Aston Villa and Hull City.
United, along with Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, have been strongly linked with the striker during the latter stages of the season.
However, The Telegraph has reported that Louis van Gaal is no longer pursuing the Englishman.
Speaking in his latest column, The Telegraph’s Mark Ogden wrote: “Manchester United, who have also monitored Ings, have dropped out of the running to sign the forward, seemingly leaving the way clear for Liverpool conclude a deal.”
With last season’s top scorer only managing 14 goals, United will be looking hard for somebody who can restore their attacking verve in time for the start of their pre-season tour.
Despite the fact that Ings did impress under Shaun Dyche, United should be looking for somebody with more experience at an international and european level if they are to mount a title challenge next season.
News of the Burnley forward dropping off Van Gaal’s radar is perhaps indicative of the Dutchman aiming to sign a more proven talent in the upcoming transfer window.