Danny Ings lands contract at Southampton as Tottenham assesses move
Danny Ings has been linked with a move to Tottenham and is said to be reluctant to commit his future to Southampton as he looks to return to a Champions League club at the end of the season.
Ings found his marks at Southampton after three years of injury at Liverpool and scored 22 Premier League goals last season. He has scored seven more in the league so far in 2020/21 as the club look to finish the first half from the top since 2016/17.
But Ings’ form has not gone unnoticed and at 28 he is apparently aware that his chance to play at an elite level like in the Champions League, ultimately making up for what the injury has kept him from doing. in Liverpool, could be now or never.
Eurosport writes that Spurs are keeping an eye on Ings and his situation ahead of a possible approach in the summer. He is described as an “ideal new option” in attack and Spurs could return for him after initially showing interest last summer.
Ings wasn’t looking to move at the time and Spurs had to be content with loaning out Carlos Vinicius instead. Now, however, he seems to be considering his future.
Ings are said to be ‘blocking’ signing a new contract at Southampton beyond his current contract which runs until the end of next season. If he resists putting pen to paper, there will only be a year left on that contract by the summer and the Saints may have to consider selling.
The Daily Telegraph adds weight, suggesting Ings wants to make sure he gives himself the best chance of a big move if the opportunity presents itself. Signing up to a new contract with Southampton could potentially cost him a transfer.
It is said that Southampton will not agree to a new contract containing a release clause, limiting what they could pocket from a possible sale, and would rather try their luck on the open market next summer if Ings intends to take up a new challenge.
Playing in the Champions League is important to him, having only had the chance to play a handful of times in the competition before leaving Liverpool in 2018.
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