By Russell Edge

2nd Nov, 2017 | 1:29pm

Report: Newcastle open talks over deal for PL attacker with point to prove

By Russell Edge

Newcastle United have made contact with Premier League rivals Liverpool over a potential deal to secure the services of striker Danny Ings, according to a report.

Bleacher Report claim on their website that both the Magpies and south coast side Southampton have both been in touch with the Reds to make an enquiry over a potential move for the 25-year-old.

The report states that the Merseyside club will look to ship Ings out on loan in the winter transfer window in order to rebuild his confidence and ability after a nightmare two-and-a-half years at Anfield as a result of injury, with the player having a point to prove after just 12 appearances across all competitions since 2015.

He has appeared just once this season, as a substitute in the League Cup defeat to Leicester City, and has spent a lot of time with the under-21 squad after suffering serious injuries in both his left and right knees.

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Newcastle are in desperate need of a striker to bolster their attack, with Joselu, Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic yet to prove their goal scoring worth in the top flight. There is no doubt that making a move for Ings is a major risk considering his history, and Rafael Benitez should not be hedging his bets on a man with just six Premier League appearances since signing for Liverpool, the last of which came in May 2016. Still, he needs a platform to prove himself and St James’ Park could be just the place to shine, especially considering their history of forwards. There has not been an English striker regularly leading the line on Tyneside since Andy Carroll, and it well could be Ings who follows in the footsteps of Shearer, Cole, Ferdinand and Beardsley – if he proves his fitness.

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