Liverpool are ready to make a move for Burnley striker Dannny Ings, who according to the Daily Mail is also attracting interest from Tottenham and La Liga side Real Sociedad.
The Reds have been without a hard-working, mobile striker since Daniel Sturridge’s injury in August.
Ings, who is out of contract in the summer, could sign for Liverpool this weekend but remain at Turf Moor on loan for the remainder of the season.
The 22-year-old has made no indication that he is likely to extend his contract with the Lancashire side and if he were to leave in the summer then Burnley would only get nominal compensation.
Any move would therefore benefit both teams. Burnley would keep the player and challenge to maintain their top flight status, while Liverpool would bolster their striking options for next season in an effort not to repeat this season’s mistakes.
Raw talent on the rise
Ings joined Burnley in 2011 and was a major part of their shock promotion to the Premier League, striking up a goal-laden partnership with Sam Vokes against all the odds. At just 22 the player still has plenty of time to grow further and could be a valuable part of a top-half team, or squad at the very least.
Liverpool's need for a striker has been apparent throughput the season, as the British manager has reshaped the team for the last four months with little impact.
Sturridge to make a return
Daniel Sturridge is in line to make a return to first team action against West Ham, after numerous injury set backs for the England international.
Reds boss Breandan Rodgers believes that the injuries to Sturridge, 25, has damaged Liverpool’s season, who have missed his dynamism. The Liverpool manager hopes that his return from calf injury will be a catalyst to mount a challenge for a place in Europe.
“No question Daniel’s injury had a huge impact on our season. The team struggled without him,” said Rodgers. “Daniel will shine a different light on the team. To have him back for the second part of the season will make us a better team.”
Repeated injuries like Sturridge’s have the ability of either reinforcing a players resilience or shatter it. Daniel Sturridge claims that it has given him a new perspective, and renewed vigour.
“It has been a learning curve,” said Sturrudge. “They have allowed me to learn something [being ion the sidelines] has been great for the mental side of the game.”
“I have improved that now and now, I am very anxious to get out there and play. If the team play well it is enough for me,” added Sturridge