Liverpool's Danny Ings 'loan-back' plan hits rocks
Danny Ings covets a move to Liverpool and is likely to join the club, though any hopes of Brendan Rodgers' team stealing a march on competitors by buying the striker now and loaning him back to Burnley have been ruled out.
Liverpool had wanted to complete the move before the transfer window closes on Monday and allow the player, who is out of contract in the summer and likely to cost around £5m, to stay at Turf Moor. But that would be a contravention of Premier League rules.
The forward is keen to move to Anfield and believes he would play regular Premier League football with Liverpool, though Burnley are unwilling to jeopardise their hopes of avoiding relegation by losing him now.
It is highly unlikely Ings, who has previously committed himself until the summer with Burnley, would push for a move before the close season.
The rule states: "A temporary transfer to a club may not take place in the transfer window in which the transferor club acquired the player's registration."
It appears that the loan deal structure could jeopardise the sanctity of a Liverpool v Burnley fixture on 4 March.
Burnley chief executive Lee Hoos said: "This type of move simply cannot happen."