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Liverpool set striker sights on Toon teen target - reports

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Liverpool and Newcastle United are both being linked with a summer swoop on Bournemouth starlet Danny Ings.

The teenage forward was a revelation at Dean Court last season, stepping-up for Eddie Howe and then Lee Bradbury after making his Npower League One debut in December.

His eight goals helped fire the Cherries to the play-offs, where the south coast club were denied on penalties by Huddersfield Town. Ahead of the semi-final, a club source told GiveMeFootball that Barclays Premier League scouts were watching the Liverpool target. A 600,000 Fulham bid has since been rejected.

"He's got unbelievable potential to go up to the highest level, which has obviously been proven by the people that have been watching him," said the club insider back in May.

"Premier League teams have been watching him, and that speaks volumes."

After missing out on Connor Wickham, Liverpool are still thought to be in the market for a striker, and The Daily Mirror claims Ings is being tracked by the Reds and could make a move to Merseyside.

Dalglish and Damien Comolli, director of football at Liverpool, have pledged to invest in young English talent at Anfield, and proved this with the reported £20 million addition of Jordan Henderson a fortnight ago.


 

However, a move for Ings, untested in the Barclays Premier League, would be a huge gamble by Liverpool despite the undoubted potential shown by the player during his brief time in professional football.

Newcastle United are also in the market for a striker, with Alan Pardew still searching for a replacement for Andy Carroll, who ironically joined Liverpool for £35 million back in January.

Mevlut Erding, Juan Manuel Martinez and Mladen Petric have also been linked with a move to St James' Park, although Ings would represent the cheapest of all the options for the Newcastle United boss.

A move would also be seen as a gamble by the Magpies faithful, who are keen to see big-name additions this summer as the manager looks to invest accumulated funds on re-building his Newcastle side.

Interest is undoubtedly growing in the 19-year-old striker though, and a top flight move appears on the cards with Sunderland also interested in the player.

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