By Noel Whelan

23rd Jan, 2021 | 1:42pm

'For sure...' - Exclusive: Pundit reacts as Spurs lead hunt to sign 28-yr-old

Tottenham would pull off a real coup if they signed Danny Ings from Southampton, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds United and Coventry City striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the “prolific” 28-year-old is a completely different type of forward to the players Jose Mourinho currently has at his disposal.

As revealed by Football Insider, Spurs front the queue of clubs interested in Ings and will table a bid either this month or in the summer if offered encouragement a deal can be struck.

It is understood the Southampton striker, who will be out of contract in 2022, is holding off on signing a new deal amid uncertainty over Ralph Hassenhuttl’s future at St Mary’s.

Whelan believes that if Tottenham can take advantage and prise Ings from their Premier League rivals, they would be getting a centre-forward who can transform their front line.

“Ings is a different type of striker, one thing that Tottenham don’t have is that target man that can hold the ball up there with that strength, aggression and headers when it comes into the box,” Whelan told Football Insider.

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“He’s been prolific over the past 18 months for Southampton and showing what a good player he is since his move from Liverpool, so I think he’s a different style of player, that’s for sure.

“I think when you’re trying to be a top, top team, you need variation and I think that’s what’s Tottenham really don’t have – you look across that front three that they have, they’re all very similar.

“Lucas Moura, Heung-Min Son, Harry Kane, they’re all football players and yes, you want those kind of players, but sometimes when you’re in games and you want that something a little bit different that’s going to trouble centre-halves, that bigger striker is sometimes a good option to go to.”

Ings, who finished last season with 22 Premier League goals under his belt, has struck seven times this term, although injury has kept him out of the side on occasion.

In other news, a 23-year-old has no future at Tottenham after £13.5million deal agreed, according to Paul Robinson.