Dimitar Berbatov says Manchester United making a move for Danny Ings “makes no sense”.
But a move for either of those would mean a significant outlay, reducing the pot to improve other areas of the squad.
Ings would be a far cheaper alternative and with the Southampton striker having just over a year left on his current deal at St Mary’s he has consistently spoken of a desire to return to the highest level.
Edinson Cavani has been in fine form for United in recent weeks, but despite handing the 34-year-old a one-year contract extension, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has refused to rule out bringing in another striker this summer.
“No, of course I can’t [rule out bringing in a centre-forward],” said Solskjaer earlier this week.
“Yeah Edi [Cavani] signed but how many good strikers have we had at this club?
“And I can’t say we’re not signing a striker, of course not because we’re building towards a better squad.
“We’re top three two years on the bounce but we’re still nowhere near where we want to be. Hopefully, we’ll end up with a stronger squad at the start of next season and be more consistent and challenge the ones in front of us.”
But ormer United striker Berbatov doesn’t feel Ings is the answer.
“I see that Man United have been linked with Southampton and England striker Danny Ings, he is a good player and I really rate him but I don’t think he is what United need at the moment,” he told Betfair.
“The club have pretty much everything they need in the striking department at the moment, lots of experience and pace.
“Edinson Cavani keeps scoring, proving his worth and proving how good a decision it was to give him a contract extension, he scored an unbelievable goal the other day.
“So, with all this in mind going for Danny Ings makes no sense to me.”