Monday 22 January 2018

Danny Ings to decide between Liverpool and Tottenham transfer in next 10 days

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

Mark Ogden

Danny Ings is set to decide between a move to Liverpool or Tottenham before flying out to the Czech Republic with England under-21s for next month’s Uefa Euro U21 Championships.

The Burnley forward, who scored 11 goals in the Turf Moor club’s unsuccessful attempt to avoid relegation from the Premier League, is understood to favour a move to Anfield when his contract expires at the end of June.

But with Burnley being made aware of Tottenham’s willingness to pay £12million for the former Bournemouth striker, long-running efforts by Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers to take Ings to Merseyside are now under threat.

With Ings still under the age of 24, Burnley are entitled to a compensation fee for the 23-year-old when his contract runs out and the club had been anticipating a figure in the region of £5m from Liverpool.

Manchester United, who have also monitored Ings, have dropped out of the running to sign the forward, seemingly leaving the way clear for Liverpool conclude a deal.

But Tottenham’s intervention - and the fee they are willing to pay for Ings - has surprised the Burnley hierarchy, who are now waiting for Liverpool to formalise their interest in the player with an offer.

With Ings expected to choose Liverpool ahead of Spurs, the transfer fee will be set by a tribunal, but Tottenham’s £12m valuation would work in Burnley’s and most likely see Liverpool forced to pay more than their £5m valuation of the player.

Ings, who also has an offer from Real Sociedad, is currently on holiday before linking up with Gareth Southgate’s U-21 squad in early June.

And with Burnley keen to begin their squad rebuilding following the loss of Ashley Barnes to a cruciate ligament injury, both the club and the player are hopeful of resolving his future before he reports for international duty.

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