By Richard Parks
Leeds United have been installed the favourites to sign Liverpool striker Danny Ings in the January transfer window, according to the latest bookmakers’ odds.
Bet Victor priced the Yorkshire giants at 4/1 on Friday afternoon to land the forward, 25, before 3 February of next year.
Leeds are ahead in the betting of Premier League duo Newcastle United and Southampton (both 6/1), as well as a string of top-flight and Championship clubs priced at 8/1.
The one-time England international was reported last week to be a firm target of Championship promotion hopefuls Leeds, while it has also been stated that Newcastle will reignite their bid to sign him in January after their summer move was rebuffed.
Ings’ two-year spell at Anfield has been ruined by two serious knee injuries and he has appeared for only 17 minutes in the senior side in the last 12 months.
Ings is contracted to Liverpool until 2020 and it has been reported that he could be allowed to leave on loan in January in order to build up his fitness and play first-team football.
Football Insider verdict
Ings has an impressive scoring record and was one of the most in-demand strikers in the country before quitting Burnley, where he scored 43 times in 130 matches. His Liverpool career has not got going due to injury and horrible luck but he is still young enough and, crucially, good enough to make a big impact in the Premier League. Joining Leeds in January would enable him to play regularly and rediscover his mojo. It would suit both parties to a tee.
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