Monday 23 April 2018

Pool facing £8m bill for Ings in record judgement

Danny Ings (PA)
Danny Ings (PA)

Chris Bascombe

Liverpool have been told they must pay Burnley £6.5m for Danny Ings, with the figure potentially rising to £8m, a British record for a signing set by tribunal. Burnley will also receive 20pc of any profit from a future sale.

Both sides can claim some satisfaction from the compromise judgement made by the Premier League and Professional Football Compensation Committee.

Ings, 23, moved to Liverpool under the terms of the Bosman ruling last summer, his contract having expired at Turf Moor. Liverpool had initially offered around £4m for the striker. In the weeks before Ings's contract expiring, Burnley indicated they had received an offer of £12m from Tottenham.

As Ings was an under-23 player, Burnley were entitled to compensation given their investment in and development of him since his £1m move from Bournemouth in 2011. Bournemouth will receive a proportion of the fee, expected to be about £200,000.


Burnley had hoped the ruling would break the record figure set when Daniel Sturridge left Manchester City for Chelsea under the same circumstances in 2009.

The initial Ings add-ons increase the fee by £1.5m to £8m, but they could go higher if he is sold. In the Sturridge case, these add-ons increased the fee from £3.5m to £8.3m.

Manchester City also received 15pc of the £12m transfer, £1.8m, when Sturridge moved to Liverpool in January 2013. Ings is currently recovering from a knee injury which has kept him out of action since October.

Defender Mamadou Sakho's season is officially over after he was suspended for an initial 30 days by Uefa for failing a drugs test following Liverpool's Europa League fixture against Manchester United on March 17.

The governing body has opened disciplinary proceedings and the ban is provisional pending the outcome of investigations. The French defender faces a lengthier absence from football, and is virtually certain to miss Euro 2016.

The 26-year-old had until Tuesday to challenge those results and opted not to do so. His defence will be one of ignorance, unaware the fat-burning pills he took contained an illegal substance. Mitigation is his only chance of escaping a possible two-year suspension.

Striker Divock Origi could play again this season after he was told he will not need surgery on the ankle injury he sustained in the Merseyside derby on April 20. Scans have revealed he ruptured a ligament in his ankle. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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