Newcastle United and West Ham are set to miss out on the signing of Liverpool striker Danny Ings after the Reds decided to keep him at Anfield rather than shipping him out on loan, according to a report.
The Chronicle claim on their website that the Magpies held talks with the Premier League giants over securing a loan swoop for the 25-year-old forward in January, as they looked to capitalise on his lack of game time following his major injury layoff.
West Ham and West Brom were both said to be keen on securing the services of the one-cap England international alongside the Magpies, but Jurgen Klopp has reportedly dashed their hopes by offering the striker time in the first team during the second half of the season, having made just three appearances for the club during the current campaign.
He has a total of just 14 outings under his belt for the Anfield club, scoring three goals, as a result of two serious knee injuries suffered in succession.
Football Insider verdict
Newcastle will no doubt be bitterly disappointed over Liverpool’s decision but they cannot allow it to get them down. Instead, they need to move swiftly on to their next target, with an attacker one of the priorities for Rafael Benitez during the current window. He needs proven Premier League quality but that can be both hard to come by and expensive, which made the potential capture of Ings such an appealing one to both the club and fans. Will Liverpool change their minds? It is possible that if they do not offload Daniel Sturridge and everyone stays fit and healthy, that Klopp’s promise of first team action does not come through, and a late deal could be secured for Ings. However Newcastle cannot afford to leave it late, with top flight survival on the line.
In other Newcastle United transfer news, the club are looking to reignite a potentially record breaking swoop for an international playmaker in January.