By Richard Parks
Liverpool striker Danny Ings is firmly in the running to be the next Leeds United signing, according to Football Whispers.
The football site claimed on Thursday afternoon that the forgotten forward, 25, is the second likeliest Elland Road arrival in the forthcoming window.
The one-time England international has rocketed up the list of expected Leeds arrivals after struggling to force his way into Liverpool’s in-form team.
Football Whispers, which gathers all transfer rumours across the globe and calculates the likelihood of them happening, rates it 2.7 out of 5 that Ings will join Leeds, with five the highest possible ranking and meaning it is a certainty.
Ings’ two-and-a-half-year spell at Anfield has been ruined by two serious knee injuries and he has made only 17 appearances in that time, including six matches, all as a substitute, this season.
Football Insider verdict:
Ings would be a brilliant signings for Leeds. He 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 for an ambitious side who can offer him the regular football he craves. Joining Leeds in the summer, possibly on a season-long loan, would enable him to play regularly and rediscover his mojo. It would suit both parties to a tee. Owner Andrea Radrizzani and director of football Victor Orta showed with the Pierre-Michel Lasogga loan that they are able to skilfully negotiate a loan deal for a top-flight forward on a mega salary. Leeds are reportedly contributing £15,000-a-week towards the German’s £50,000-a-week wage. Something similar could be secured to tie down Leeds.
In other Leeds United transfer news, the club have agreed the terms of an £8.5million deal, with the first payment scheduled for the summer.