The Reds are still thought to be leading the race for Danny Ings’ signature and a move could be confirmed before the end of the month, following Burnley’s relegation to the Championship.
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The Times expect Ings to be the first major arrival at Anfield this summer, as Brendan Rodgers’ revamps our misfiring strikeforce. However, he will only be brought in to provide back-up for a more established name.
Indeed, with Rickie Lambert, Fabio Borini and Mario Balotelli all expected depart this summer (via the Daily Mirror), there could be multiple fresh faces to cover for the injured Daniel Sturridge.
Divock Origi will return from his loan spell with Lille while Jerome Sinclair is expected to continue his rapid development. However, The Times believe we will look to loan out Sinclair, with Ings brought in as a back-up striker instead, playing a similar role to the one that Lambert has played this term.
With Rodgers’ side likely to be playing in four competitions next season – including the Europa League – the boss is all too aware of the need to strengthen his squad, particularly up front.
Sinclair, 18, made his Premier League debut against Chelsea last weekend but needs more experience of senior football before he is deemed ready to play regularly. Ings, 22, has scored ten goals this season – a reasonable return considering his side’s distinct lack of goals.
If Rodgers can wrap up a deal for Ings in the near future then it’s expected he’ll turn his attentions to another striker, possibly Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke, who has scored 11 goals in his last 12 games (via the Daily Mirror).