EXCLUSIVE | By Merseyside correspondent Cam Downes
Danny Ings has told Liverpool he will rebuff a late move from Tottenham to move to Anfield this summer, Football Insider sources understand.
The Merseysiders have long been favourites to clinch the signing of the striker even though they have not agreed a fee with his club Burnley.
Spurs have made a late bid to hijack Ings’ switch to Anfield but the player has reassured Liverpool he still intends to transfer to Anfield.
Football Insider revealed earlier this month that Ings has agreed personal terms with Liverpool, who have offered the player a five-year contract and a lucrative signing-on fee.
Although Ings is out of contract at the end of next month, the Anfield club must pay compensation for training costs in accordance with Fifa regulations for players aged under 23.
The fee for Ings is set to be decided by an independent tribunal, with Liverpool likely to pay a £4million figure for the 22-year-old.
As revealed by Football Insider, the Merseysiders have met with Ings’ representatives to discuss signing him this summer.
He could be joined on Merseyside in the summer by two other new striker signings as the club press ahead with plans to overhaul their squad.
Divock Origi is set to make a permanent move to Anfield in the summer when he completes a season-long loan at Lille, while Liverpool are looking to add a third front man with Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke, Arsenal’s Theo Walcott and Borussia Dortmund’s Ciro Immobile among their targets.
The Merseysiders will create space in their squad by attempting to offload Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert, who are all deemed surplus to requirements.
Ings has been targeted on the back of a promising debut Premier League campaign in which he scored 11 goals for relegated Burnley.