The Danny Ings transfer saga looks set to reach its conclusion this week, as we open talks with the striker about a possible move.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the Burnley man has rejected the opportunity to stay at Turf Moor. Despite Sean Dyche’s men putting up a brave fight in the Premier League, their season ended in relegation back to the Championship.
With his contract now reaching its expiration, he is free to discuss a deal with any interested parties. Sky Sports reported that Tottenham were preparing a £12m bid, which would enable them to speak to the player before those who wish to sign him on a free.
However, the Echo report that the 22-year-old would prefer a move to Anfield over White Hart Lane.
If he was to join, the Echo suggest that a tribunal would be required to set a fee, which could be around £4m.
Although the rhetoric may sound similar to the noises being made when Rickie Lambert joined the club a year ago – given the fee, and likely role he would have in the side – the England U21 forward has proved that he has a lot of talent in his debut year in the top flight.
He scored 11 times for the Clarets despite their season-long battle to beat the drop. That return would have made him our top goalscorer. And with better service coming from the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana, and Jordon Ibe, hopefully, he can surpass that goal tally should he sign for us. The pressure of fighting to stay up should help him deal with the expectations that comes from joining a club like Liverpool.