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Friday 23 February 2018

Ings unsure of future

The race for the signature of out-of-contract Burnley striker Danny Ings is hotting up
The race for the signature of out-of-contract Burnley striker Danny Ings is hotting up

In-demand striker Danny Ings insists his future remains "up in the air" as the race intensifies for the England Under-21 international.

The Burnley forward's contract expires at Turf Moor on June 30 and he has already made it clear he will be moving on from the recently-relegated Premier League club.

Liverpool appear to be in pole position to sign the 22-year-old, who has been named in the England Under-21s squad for this summer's European Championship, but David Moyes's Real Sociedad were also interested and there are reports Tottenham are ready to make a £12million bid.

Although Ings is out of contract he will command a fee - to be set by a tribunal as he has been with the Clarets since the age of 18 - and that was expected to be anywhere in the region of between £3million and £5million should he sign for an English club but considerably less if he moved abroad.

With just over a month left on his contract Burnley have no say in the player's future as even if they accepted a bid Ings could see out the end of his deal and then sign for whoever he likes.

However, Tottenham's apparent £12million interest would be a boost to Burnley's hopes of gaining a higher fee at the tribunal and Press Association Sport understands the club would be only too happy if a bidding war were to begin ahead of the expiration of his contract.

Ings, Burnley's top scorer with 11 in his maiden season in the top flight, is concentrating on having a short break and his impending international tournament before making any decision.

"My holiday's the first thing on my mind. I'm looking forward to a bit of downtime and after that it's going to be hard work again," he told the Lancashire Telegraph.

"It's going to be a short summer for me this year but I love football so I'd play it every day if I could.

"After that I'll sit down with my agent and discuss my future then.

"At the moment it's all up in the air. I don't know what's going to happen."

Ings moved to Turf Moor from Bournemouth for £1million in 2011 and believes he owes the club plenty.

"It's a sad time for me. Burnley Football Club helped me mature from a boy to a man and I can't thank them everyone from the club enough, from the board to the staff at the training ground and the staff at the club," he added.

"It's been a fantastic journey, so of course it would be upsetting for it to come to an end.

"But that's football and it happens with every player. I thank everyone from the fans to the staff, everyone's been fantastic."

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