Liverpool hopeful of beating Manchester United and Tottenham to Ings signing
By Merseyside correspondent Cam Downes
Liverpool are hopeful of beginning their summer spending spree with the signing of Burnley striker Danny Ings, Football Insider understands.
The Merseysiders have been in close contact with Ings’ representatives over bringing the 22-year-old to Anfield on a free transfer.
The forward is out of contract in the summer and has indicated that he will not sign a new deal with Burnley.
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 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.
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 nine goals. There will be no transfer fee and his cost, youth, potential to improve and sell-on value have all alerted Liverpool’s six-man transfer committee.
Italy international Immobile, 25, is on the radar after a mixed campaign at Dortmund since joining from Torino last summer. He has scored 10 goals but only three of his strikes have come in the Bundesliga and he is behind Pierre-Emerick Aubemeyang in the pecking order at the German club.
Walcott’s Arsenal future is up in the air with just over a year remaining on his contract and with the player stuck on the fringes of the team.