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Manchester United and Manchester City have been placed on red alert after Danny Ings rejected the offer of a new contract from Southampton. The 28-year-old has entered into the last 12 months of his contract and, back in May, he had hinted at the possibility of leaving Southampton. According to Sky Sports, the rejection of a four-year contract comes as a strong hint that Ings does not see his future at St Mary’s Stadium.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is quite keen on strengthening the offence after having focused on bringing players in the areas of the pitch of late. City, though, are in greater need of a player like Ings after having allowed Sergio Aguero. Pep Guardiola had initially made Harry Kane the primary target, but the inability to sign the Tottenham forward means that the defending Premier League champions have started looking at alternates. Ings has emerged as one of those alternates after getting 46 goals in just 100 matches for Southampton.

After joining Southampton initially on a loan deal in the summer of 2018, Ings made the move permanent in the subsequent summer. He has been a consistent name on the scoresheet for the Saints, and he has 12 goals in just 29 league matches during the 2020-21 season.

A new deal would have given Southampton a lot of leverage if they eventually decided to sell the player. As it stands, Southampton will come under immense pressure to sell the forward as soon as possible or risk letting him leave on a free next summer.

One of the major concerns for the two Manchester clubs might be Ings’ inability to make a huge impact at a top club. During his three seasons with Liverpool, the striker had scored just three goals as he was unable to make much impact whilst having to fight for the first team spot.

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