This is a strange, possibly unique situation in the history of Liverpool Football Club. Burnley are demanding that we meet their asking price for a player that already belongs to us… former Clarets striker Danny Ings.
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The 22-year-old joined the Reds at the end of last month on a free transfer after his contract with the recently relegated club expired. However, the Championship side are still due a compensation fee due to the player’s age, as the Daily Mirror explains.
If a fee is not agreed then it will be decided a tribunal, something which we are eager to avoid. Tottenham’s reported £12m bid for Ings will have raised the player’s value in the eyes of those making the decision and that could mean that we are forced to pay more than double what we originally expected.
As the Mirror tells us, the Reds have already had an offer of £5m turned down, with Burnley holding out for the best price they can possibly get – ideally around £8m – so that they can fund moves for their own transfer targets.
Ings scored 11 Premier League goals last season, comfortably finishing the year as his team’s top scorer. He went with England’s Under-21 side to the European Championships this summer, but couldn’t prevent the Three Lions being eliminated in the group stage.