Liverpool target Danny Ings has emerged as the subject of a surprise summer transfer bid from Russian based club Lokomotiv Moscow according to talkSPORT.
The highly rated Bournemouth starlet has been earning rave reviews for his performances on the south coast last season, capturing the interest of a number of Barclays Premier League clubs.
After signing professional terms with the Cherries in 2009, Ings' rapid rise to prominence has not gone unnoticed, with Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish said to have deployed scouts to Dean Court on more than one occasion last term.
Dalglish and Damien Comolli, director of football at Liverpool, have pledged to invest in young English talent at Anfield, and proved this with the recent addition of Jordan Henderson from Sunderland, for a fee that could rise to £20million.
However, the Reds' potential plans to engineer a move for Ings could now face competition from Lokomotiv who have also enquired about his availability with a view to making a £1.5million offer.
The Russian outfit are playing in a friendly tournament hosted by Bournemouth this weekend, and Ings' name has been mentioned in conversations between the two clubs.
"When we were arranging the game, Lokomotiv Moscow kept asking if Danny Ings would be playing," confirmed Bournemouth chairman Eddie Mitchell.
"It is obvious that the interest in Danny shown from Premier League clubs has filtered through to Russia and they have been watching his performances on the internet.
"The management at Lokomotiv Moscow are very keen to cast an eye over Danny - he's only young but has already got a big reputation and been linked with Premier League clubs.
"A natural talent like Danny is very hard to come by, and we have to expect this sort of interest in such a good player."