Could Danny Ings be on his way to Tottenham?
Danny Ings has been the talk of North London recently, with Tottenham reportedly interested in the Southampton man, but could he actually leave St Mary’s?
Plagued by injuries during his disastrous three-year spell at Liverpool, Ings managed just four goals in all competitions for the Reds.
The move to Southampton was a welcome relief for a player who had netted 11 goals for Burnley in his first season in the Premier League.
Since the switch to the south coast, he’s been devastating, netting 40 goals and grabbing nine assists in just 81 games for the Saints, with his form leading to recent England call-ups, and a shot at making the squad for the upcoming European Championships.
But as a guaranteed starter at Southampton, and producing quality performances week-in, week-out, is it plausible to suggest he’d move to Tottenham mid-season? His time at Liverpool would suggest not.
Ings was never first-choice at Anfield, and it’s highly unlikely he’d be willing to sit on the bench in his prime years at the age of 28, playing second-fiddle to Harry Kane.
However, it’s clear why Jose Mourinho is a big fan of Ings’ work, and wants to secure his signature.
With seven goals and three assists so far this season, more than both Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, Ings has shown no sign of slowing down, and with current back-up option Carlos Vinicius returning to Benfica in the summer when his loan ends, Mourinho clearly wants a replacement.
The rumour mill has sped up in recent days thanks to Ings stalling over a new contract at Southampton.
His current deal expires in the summer of 2022, and it’s reported that he would like to join a club playing in Europe; with Spurs showing interest last summer, they are the heavy favourites to land the English forward.
But, with a place in the Euros squad up for grabs, and an unappealing offer of sitting on the bench for Tottenham on the table, it’s likely that Ings will remain at St Mary’s, rather than make a move back to one of England’s ‘big six’.