Liverpool close in on Ings signing after new talks
By Merseyside correspondent Cam Downes
Liverpool are close to clinching the signing of Danny Ings after fresh talks with the striker, Football Insider sources understand.
The Merseysiders have met with Ings’ representatives in recent days to discuss bringing the 22-year-old to Anfield for a small fee.
As reported by Football Insider, Liverpool are hopeful of beginning their summer spending spree with the signing of the Burnley man.
Liverpool have indicated they will pay Ings a hefty signing-on fee topped up by a lucrative contract.
Although the forward is out of contract in the summer, the Anfield club will have to pay compensation to Burnley and his former club Bournemouth for training costs in accordance with Fifa rules for players aged under 23.
Ings has indicated that he will not sign a new deal with Burnley and is set to sort out his future after the team’s relegation from the Premier League was confirmed last Saturday.
Manchester United and Tottenham have also expressed an interest in Ings but Liverpool believe they have put in enough groundwork to convince the player to move to Anfield.
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.
Balotelli did not even make the 18-man squad for the 1-1 draw against Chelsea on Sunday, as he was overlooked in favour of 18-year-old Jerome Sinclair, who replaced Rickie Lambert midway through the second half.
Manager Brendan Rodgers wants strikers who can make an immediate first-team impact next season, even though the club’s American owners Fenway Sports Group have a policy of investing in youthful players who can be developed by the coaching staff.
Ings, 22, has been targeted on the back of a promising debut Premier League campaign in which he has scored 10 goals for relegated Burnley.
His winner against Hull City on Saturday was his first goal in nearly three months but there will be only a small fee and his cost, youth, potential to improve and sell-on value have alerted Liverpool’s six-man transfer committee.