Burnley striker Danny Ings has flown to Spain for transfer talks with Real Sociedad manager David Moyes, as the Manchester United flop bids to persuade the 22-year-old to join him in the Basque country.
Ings has impressed in the Premier League this season to attract serious interest from a number of top clubs, including Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.
Manchester United were yesterday reported by The Telegraph to have joined the race for his signature after Ings scored his ninth goal of the season at Old Trafford on Wednesday night, but The Sun believe Moyes is confident of persuading him to snub the Red Devils and make a bold decision to try his luck in La Liga.
Big decision to make
With his contract up at the end of the season Ings is free to talks terms with any interested party, so his decision to use a free weekend to speak to Sociedad is perfectly understandable.
English players choosing to develop on the continent is a rare sight indeed though, so it would be a brave call to make when Liverpool in particular want him to provide competition for places at Anfield next season.
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Moyes has chance to make his case
Sociedad certainly represents a completely different option to anything else on the table for Ings, a chance to prove his worth and develop in a completely different environment.
Moyes is yet to tempt a Premier League player to join him in San Sebastian, but if Ings becomes the first that would represent a serious transfer coup.
Ings has the potential to improve further and possesses an intelligent edge to match his ruthless streak in the final third, an attribute that makes him a perfect fit for the slower tempo of La Liga week-in, week-out.
United and Liverpool could offer Ings no guarantees over regular first-team football, perhaps Moyes can. If so then a man on the fringes of the England squad should jump at the chance to take on a fresh challenge on foreign shores.
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