The prospect of Manchester United signing an England striker with a four-lettered surname is more than enough to whet the appetite.
However, amid ever-changing circumstances of the European transfer market, would a summer move for England’s captain Harry Kane make sense right now?
At one stage, the club were understood to have made Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland a priority target as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer aimed to take advantage of his personal relationship with the Norway striker to help United bridge the gap on neighbours and champions Manchester City.
Fast forward a few weeks, though, and the make-up of United’s summer puzzle has changed.
Edinson Cavani, 34, made a welcome u-turn on his future – and while the Uruguayan may be entering the twilight of his career, his recent performances prove that he has more than enough left in the tank.
Naturally, the eye-catching update in Kane’s personal stance was enough to put United and other would-be suitors – such as Chelsea, City and the usual suspects over in Spain – on red alert.
But in the continued quest to find a long-term partner for £80million captain Harry Maguire, plus a renewed interest in Jadon Sancho, is the £100million-plus they would need to splash out for Kane – or Haaland – necessary?
In a word, no. However, there are cheaper, alternative options out there.
Supporters might be quick to point out his Liverpool struggles as an indicator of how he might fare.
However, as the soon-to-be out of contract Memphis Depay underlines, one underwhelming spell at a top club is not enough to suggest that it wouldn’t work out second time around.
A much more accomplished player these days – and presumably with injury troubles behind him – Ings holds similar traits to former United striker Dwight Yorke.
It’s coming up 23-years since the popular Trinidadian moved to Old Trafford, going on to score 65 goals in 152 games across all competitions as he formed an irresistible partnership with Andy Cole.
By way of contrast, Ings (55 goals in 139 games) has a better Premier League strike rate than former Aston Villa man Yorke (122 goals in 375) – while the latter was only a year younger than the Southampton player when he completed his £17million transfer to United.
Football has changed since then, with the majority of top-flight clubs now favouring a one or three-man attack.
Ings, though, would offer Solskjaer the luxury of being able to lead the line on his own – as an alterative to Cavani – or team-up with the Uruguayan if United seek to rekindle their ’90s magic with a traditional front-two.
Of course, the Southampton frontman – capped three times by England – is not as eye-catching as Kane or Haaland would be, nor would he guarantee the same amount of goals.
But in terms of the make-up of United’s squad for next season, Ings offers Solskjaer a low-risk and low-cost transfer alternative that would, ultimately, be more fit for purpose.
Close to a quarter of a century after Sir Alex Ferguson plucked Yorke from perennial mid-table finishers, Villa, could that now be the upcoming plan of attack for Solskjaer?