Liverpool will earn a significant cash boost if Tottenham Hotspur sign Danny Ings. Spurs reportedly want the striker.
The Telegraph claims Tottenham Hotspur want Danny Ings this summer. They plan on using him in a front two with Harry Kane next season.
Ings is readily available after rejecting a new contract with Southampton. He now enters the final year of his deal and the Saints will surely cash in, rather than lose him for nothing in a year.
At 29, Ings won’t command an enormous price, either. The Telegraph’s report claims Spurs would have to pay around £20m to get him. It’s a relatively small fee, given Ings has 38 Premier League goals over the last two seasons.
And if Spurs get him, they won’t be the only ones to benefit.
Tottenham chase Danny Ings
Liverpool also have a stake in this. According to the Liverpool Echo, the Reds put a 20% sell-on clause in the deal that took Ings to Southampton.
That’ll see a £4m boost to funds this summer, then, if Spurs do indeed sign the player. And that could be a very happy bonus.
The Athletic reports that Liverpool need to sell players in order to buy going forward. We think they could raise a considerable amount already, but £4m for a player you don’t even own anymore is a great help.
Though, there is another question to be asked here.
Should Liverpool move for Ings?
The other way of looking at this is that Liverpool could sign Ings for around £16m. That really is a bargain for such a prolific goalscorer.
And Liverpool might want a player like that. They don’t have a recognised striker in the squad outside of Divock Origi and Ings could offer something different.
There’s the added bonus of him already knowing the club inside out, of course, meaning Ings wouldn’t need any time to get up to speed. It’s not a move that we expect, though.
Ings is 29, much like Liverpool’s other forwards. He’d be another player they’d have to replace in a few years and that likely doesn’t make sense right now.
If they’re going to invest any money, it should be in younger players who can offer something beyond the current stars. Ings just can’t do that, unfortunately.
Still, if Liverpool just want to chase a title right now, Ings for £16m would certainly help them do that. As a short-term move, it’s a solid one. But the club should probably focus on the long-term.