Tottenham tipped to submit Ings bid after Athletic update - pundit
Alan Hutton has tipped Tottenham to “jump at the chance” to sign Danny Ings from Southampton this summer.
However, the former Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 28-year-old may have doubts about joining Spurs due to Harry Kane.
As reported by The Athletic’s David Ornstein on Monday (July 5th), Ings has turned down a lucrative contract offer at Southampton as he looks for a move to a club further up the table.
The striker’s current terms expire next year, meaning the Saints risk losing him for nothing if he is not sold this summer.
As revealed by this site in January, Tottenham made contact over a possible move for Ings after failing with an approach last summer.
With Kane having told Tottenham he wants to leave this summer, Hutton suggested Spurs could reignite their pursuit.
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However, he suggested Ings may be reluctant to join until Spurs’ current star striker actually leaves.
Asked if he thought Spurs should launch a move, Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “It’s an interesting one. I mean, I think if Kane goes, they would be all over it like a rash.
“It would fit the wage bill, I don’t think there’d be a problem. The transfer fee, I don’t think there would be a problem there either.
“He’s is a proven goalscorer, we saw what he did last season. He’s already been at a big club in Liverpool. I know it didn’t go totally to plan but he had a serious injury.
“You have to mark that on the board as not helping his development. I think they would jump at the chance.
“My only issue would be if Kane does stay, does Ings want to come to Tottenham to sit on the bench? That’s the problem for me. He’s done that at Liverpool, he doesn’t want to do that again.
“I think he’s happy at Southampton. He plays week in, week out, that’s where you see the best of him and his sharpness. He’s an absolute nuisance for defenders.
“I think he’d want to go somewhere where – nobody’s guaranteed to play every game – he’s going to play his part.”