Alan Hutton has tipped Danny Ings to turn down the chance to join Tottenham from Southampton this summer.
The former Spurs and Scotland star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has questioned why the Saints’ hitman would want to go from playing every week to acting as backup for Harry Kane.
Football.London report that Spurs have strong interest in the 28-year-old, who is a long-term target in north London, as they look to bolster their centre-forward options.
The two-cap England star scored 22 goals in 38 Premier League games last season as he established himself as Southampton’s talisman up front.
Hutton believes that the Saints star would be forced to play second fiddle were he to join the Spurs this summer and has tipped him to turn down the chance to battle with fellow countryman Kane for a starting role.
“He nearly got the golden boot last year, why would you leave that?” Hutton told Football Insider.
“Okay, we all know that Tottenham are a massive club with the stadium and the training ground and it would be amazing to be part of that but if you’re going to go and you’re going to play… you’d be lucky to get 10 games, and you’re Danny Ings trying to get in the England squad, why would you do that?
“It’s hurting you more than it’s helping you. It’s a move he would maybe look and think: ‘It’s not worth my while doing that, I’d rather be at Southampton.’ He’s their main man, plays every week.”
Ings has scored a total of 43 goals in 112 Premier League appearances to date.
In other Tottenham news, the Lilywhites have made contact with a European striker over a blockbuster contract.