David Moyes may be looking to add to his Premier League experience at the Anoeta Stadium by bringing Danny Ings to Real Sociedad on a free transfer.
The in-form Burnley striker is out of contract at Turf Moor in the summer which means he currently allowed to speak to overseas clubs about a deal – and any foreign club that signed him would have to pay a fraction of the compensation.
And should the 22-year-old opt to leave the Clarets he will certainly be more tempted by the opportunity of first-team football in Spain than bench-warming at any of the big Premier League sides.
If any of Ings potential suitors – Manchester City, Spurs and Chelsea – want to sign him they are likely to have to cough up £3m-£5m training compensation; a fee set by the Professional Football Compensation Committee. The PFCC ordered Chelsea to Manchester City £3.5 million when they signed Daniel Sturridge on a free in 2009.
If Ings were to move to Spain compensation fees would be considerably cheaper under FIFA’s system. Burnley would receive €90,000 for every season spent at Turf Moor up to and including when he turned 21. So three seasons worth of training compensation would bring the total to just €270,000 (£206,000).
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With Moyes a seasoned pro when it comes to shrewd transfer dealings he may see Ings as the perfect investment. With his pedigree for goalscoring he could prove a hit in La Liga and then move on for several million – which would nearly all be profit for the Txuriurdin.
Sean Dyche has made it clear that Burnley are under no pressure to sell Ings this month as he is absolutely key to their Premier League survival.
But it is not just his goal scoring threat that has made Ings a wanted man as his home-grown status under Premier League squad rules could be vital to several of the bigger clubs whose English contingent is very much a minority.