By Russell Edge
Newcastle United are set to make a January swoop for Liverpool striker Danny Ings after Jurgen Klopp has decided to allow him to depart on loan, according to a report.
The Sun claim on their website that the Reds boss has allowed the 25-year-old forward to make a temporary move in the winter transfer market in order to build up his fitness, having endured a dismal time at Anfield with injuries since joining in 2015.
As a result, Rafael Benitez is said to be keen to reignite a move for the former Burnley man, having reportedly held interest in him over the summer.
The Magpies will reportedly have to fight with Crystal Palace, Watford and Southampton to secure his signature, despite the striker having only made six league appearances since his arrival on Merseyside, scoring twice.
Football Insider verdict
Newcastle have looked lacking up front at times this season and will likely be in the market for a proven top flight striker in the winter window. Ings represents quite the risk, having suffered not one but two serious injuries which have severely limited his game time in recent years. No one knows whether he will be able to replicate the form he showed at Burnley, and a risk really is not what Newcastle need right now. However the loan aspect could make it worthwhile for the Magpies, as there is no commitment following the end of the deal if he does fail to perform. Plus, if he excels, Newcastle will likely find themselves in a higher league position, meaning more prize money. However his wages may be a stumbling block, and there is little chance Newcastle would want to be paying the full amount.