By Noel Whelan

23rd Jan, 2021 | 6:00pm

Pundit View: £26m may seal deal for Tottenham target amid 'Concrete' move - Exclusive

Tottenham will have to splash out £26million-plus to sign Danny Ings from Southampton this month.

That is according to former Premier League striker Noel Whelan who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, believes the Saints could even push their asking price north of £30million as suitors start to circle for the 28-year-old.

As revealed by Football Insider this week, Spurs have “concrete” interest in signing Ings and are ready to launch a bid either this month or in the summer if given encouragement a deal can be done.

The striker’s future will depend on his contract situation, with his current terms set to expire in the summer of 2022.

It is understood Ings has been offered a new contract but is delaying signing a new deal at St Mary’s amid uncertainty over Ralph Hasenhuttl’s long-term future on the south coast.

Whelan believes Ings’ form for the Saints over the past season and a half means Southampton will still slap a big price tag on his head despite knowing they risk missing out on millions.

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Asked how much he thought Ings could cost Spurs, Whelan told Football Insider: “Because of the season that he had last year and the way he’s started this season, then you’re looking very much into £20million-plus, the latter £20millions, easily – maybe bordering on £30million.

“I think realistically, when you look at the age and the player, you’ve got to be talking £26-28million, I would have thought with the season that he’s had and the influence he’s had on Southampton.

“I don’t think they’ll be letting a player like that go for anything less than that, quite frankly.”

Ings has netted seven Premier League goals this season, although his campaign has been disrupted by a number of niggling injuries.

He finished last term as the joint-second-highest scorer in the top-flight with 22, goals, alongside Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

In other news, a Tottenham transfer update in the last 24 hours is “extraordinary” for ex-Spurs star.