Liverpool are leading the race to sign Burnley striker Danny Ings. The Reds hope to land the 22-year-old before Monday night’s transfer deadline and are willing to loan him back to the Clarets for the remainder of the season.
Spanish outfit Real Sociedad, managed by former Manchester United manager David Moyes, were also reportedly keen to sign Ings, while host of Premier League clubs including Tottenham Hotspur were linked with the England U-21 International. Ings has netted 7 goals for Sean Dyche’s charges this season, with the Clarets relying heavily on the former Bournemouth frontman for goals.
He is out of contract in the summer, and Burnley are loathed to lose their star striker for nothing when his contract expires. By striking a deal with the Reds now, and getting him back on loan, the Clarets’ fight for Premier League survival will still be spearheaded by Ings.
With Liverpool currently dealing with Sturridge’s injury and the poor form of other strikers, the Merseysiders would have ideally liked Ings to lead their line now, but Burnley’s reluctance to part with their striker in the middle of the campaign means Liverpool have to wait until the summer to see the Englishman in Red colours.
Ings, along with his striker partner Sam Voakes netted an incredible 47 goals in the Championship last season, that saw them getting promoted to the Premier League. With his Welsh teammate struggling with injuries, Ings is burdened with the goalscoring responsibility, meaning despite his sale to the Anfield club, he will continue starring at the Turf Moor.
While Ings is being closely courted, manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted that there will be no new faces arriving at the Anfield. Talking to reporters, the Northern Irishman said,”Every manager will always want more signings… I would want to be able to do one or two things.”
“But I always said the likelihood was we wouldn’t sign anyone in January and it looks like that is going to be the case.”
Ings started his career with Bournemouth, scoring 7 goals in 27 appearances before moving to Burnley in 2011 for £1 million. He has since made 106 appearances for the Clarets, netting 34 times.
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