By Russell Edge
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez is keen on bringing Liverpool striker Danny Ings to Tyneside after making a move for him over the summer, according to a report.
The Northern Echo claim on their website that the Spanish boss approached his former former side during the last transfer window looking to tie the 25-year-old up on a loan deal, but it appears that the two clubs failed to reach an agreement.
They also claim that the Magpies are keeping a close eye on Sampdoria midfielder Dennis Praet, who was heavily linked with a move to Tyneside over the summer.
Ings joined Liverpool from Burnley back in the summer of 2015 but has endured a torrid time on Merseyside after suffering a ruptured cruciate ligament just months into his contract.
Despite having recovered, a year after the first injury he suffered another setback, having to undergo surgery on his knee.
As a result he has featured in just 12 of the Reds’ matches, scoring three goals, and made a return to action this season after appearing off the bench in the club’s defeat to Leicester City in the League Cup.
He also has one England cap to his name, with injury having decimated his international career so far.
Football Insider verdict
Newcastle have had to deal with their fair share of injury layoffs during their time, and there is no doubting that Ings represents a serious risk. Two knee injuries in two years is bound to have had an affect on his confidence, let alone his ability, and it awaits to be seen whether he can replicate the form which took him to Anfield in the first place. Benitez is in desperate need of a proven Premier League striker with Dwight Gayle, Joselu and Aleksandar Mitrovic all yet to prove themselves in the top flight. Benitez made a move in the summer, and it can be expected he will make another approach in the winter market as well.
In other Newcastle United transfer news, the Magpies are said to still be in the hunt for this reported former target.