Alan Pardew has put the name of Burnley’s England under-21 striker Danny Ings forward for consideration as Newcastle United go hunting for a second striker to shoulder the scoring burden next season.
United jet out to New Zealand today buoyed by three signings in the space of seven days, including former Monaco forward Emanuele Riviere.
However, he is not understood to be the main target man United want to lead their charge for the top eight next season.
They have sourced several targets – with one understood to come from their favoured market in France – but Pardew has proposed Ings, who scored 26 goals as Burnley won promotion to the Premier League last term.
The United boss has been keen for the club to look at the domestic market and proposed both Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend before the club’s recruitment drive started.
Ings is another name put forward by Pardew, with the striker arriving in the last year of his contract next season.
Other names on the list include Loic Remy – who has yet to respond to a renewed attempt by Newcastle to reinitiate contact – and Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is also interesting Roma.
Despite Pardew’s recommendation, United are likely to stick with the overseas market that they have squeezed value from this summer.
The 22-year-old Ings says he remains committed to the Premier League new boys.
He said: “I don’t understand why it has gone crazy on social media and the like. I signed a four-year contract when I came here and I still have a year left.
“I don’t feel there should be any panic. I am just enjoying my football and going into my last year of my contract.
Meanwhile, United’s interest in Remy may be to no avail – with Harry Redknapp insistent he striker is aiming to play Champions League football next year.
Arsenal and Tottenham have ducked out of the race to sign Remy after failing to agree terms with the forward, which leaves Liverpool and Newcastle potentially battling it out.
However, Redknapp, who says staying at Queens Park Rangers is not a preferred option for the forward, suggested he wanted European football.
He said: “I think he wants to play Champions League football next year somewhere.
“We gave him time off after the World Cup but he is really looking to move.
“I would be surprised if he was at QPR at the start of the year.
“If he goes to the right team, he’s capable of scoring 15 to 20 Premier League goals next season.”