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Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg have expressed their interest in striker Danny Ings of the Premier League new boys, Burnley. 

Last year, Ings played in the Championship and scored 26 goals in all competitions to help Sean Dyche's side win promotion into the top tier of English football. 

According to the British newspaper, the Daily Express, it has been reported that the 22-year-old is a transfer target for the Bundesliga duo and is also a target for Liverpool, Everton, Southampton and Newcastle United. Dyche however, isn't prepared to lose the Clarets highly rated front man unless an offer of £7 million is put on the table. 

Leverkusen finished fourth in the last campaign thus securing Champions League football for another year. With general manager, Rudi Voller aiming to challenge for the top next season, the club are stretching by increasing the depth of their squad. If Ings was to make the move this summer, he could land a start on the European stage, just a year after playing against sides such as Ipswich and Bournemouth. 

Fellow suitor, Wolfsburg also hold the promise of European football after finishing one place behind Leverkusen in fifth - gaining qualification into the Europa League. The Wolves are looking to increase the attacking options after most of their goals last year were sourced from 33 year old, Ivica Olic, who has intentions of leaving. 

Wolfsburg have also been linked with Romelu Lukaku of Chelsea as there are question marks over whether Jose Mourinho will opt to use the Belgian striker next year. Just over a week ago, sporting director, Klaus Allofs, told kicker-Sportmagazin that they were interested in the Blues striker but only if his value decreases. Several other European sides including Juventus and Atletico Madrid are also chasing the 21 year old. 

In response to German interest, Ings responded by saying: "I've still got a year left on my contract and I'm a player for Burnley Football Club."

He added: "I love it here so I'm just going to concentrate on that."

On top of this, co-chairman, John Banaszkiewicz, has insisted that the striker will be wearing Burnley colours next year despite the rumours of a move. Following Kieran Trippier's completion of a new deal, Banaszkiewicz is aiming to ensure all of their key players from the last campaign stay on with the club as they battle to attain a Premier League status.

Burnley's first match of the new season on their return to the top flight will be against Chelsea as the 'Special One' takes on the 'Ginger Mourinho'. Both sides will be needing their best strikers in this battle of egos but the temptation of the Bundesliga could sway either Ings or Lukaku. 

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