Report: Manchester United battle Liverpool for signing of Danny Ings

Manchester United have reportedly joined the race to sign Burnley striker Danny Ings.

According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has sent scouts to watch Burnley striker Danny ings recently.

United may have a star-studded attack with the likes of Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao and Wayne Rooney, but all three have struggled to hit form this season.

Manager van Gaal needs to add a striker with pace during this summer's transfer window, and Trabzonspor's Abdul Majeed Waris was recently linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Now though, the Daily Mail believe that Ings is on the radar after an impressive season with Burnley, despite the Clarets being stuck in the relegation zone.

Ings, 22, has hit nine goals in 25 games - including a goal at Old Trafford in February - for Sean Dyche's men this season, and has even been touted for England international recognition this season.

The former Bournemouth hitman is certain to leave Turf Moor this summer, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season - but any club signing him would have to pay a compensation fee, which the Daily Mail believe to be around £6m.

The pacey striker would be a cost-effective solution for United, but there's a potential stumbling block even with United joining the race - and it involves their rivals Liverpool.

Reports from the Daily Mirror last month suggested that Ings had his heart set on a move to rivals Liverpool, and United may be too late to change his mind as the race for Ings' signature hots up ahead of the summer transfer window.

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