Liverpool have moved a step closer to signing Danny Ings following Burnley's relegation, reports the Liverpool Echo.
Burnley beat Hull City 1-0 at the KC Stadium on Saturday, however, the victory was not enough to secure their top-flight status following wins for Sunderland, Leicester City, Aston Villa and a point for Newcastle United.
Ings scored his first goal for the Lancashire club in almost 10 hours of football in Yorkshire, which was also his 10th league goal of the season.
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The 22-year-old is out of contract with the Clarets this summer and appears not to extend his time at Turf Moor, however, Liverpool would still have to pay a tribunal fee due to the striker being under 24.
Ings' efforts in a lacklustre Burnley side haven't went unnoticed and he's attracted a host of clubs all racing for his signature, with David Moyes' Real Socidead having already spoken with the Hythe-native.
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However, it is Liverpool who Ings reportedly wants to join and Brendan Rodgers is keen to add goals to his disappointing front-line in preparation for next season.
The Merseyside outfit would likely acquire the services of Ings for a cut-price, no more than £5 million. In the modern market, that is a bargain for someone who has scored goals at the highest level.
He is just 22 and still has youth vey much on his side. This season, Sean Dyke has encouraged attacking football at Burnley and, although it hasn't always went to plan, it displays that Ings would suit Rodgers' philosophy at Anfield.
Daniel Sturridge is renowned for being injured and this campaign he's spent most of his time on the side-lines with hip and thigh injuries. He's recently been to America to have a hip operation which won't see him return until September.
If Sturridge is to be Liverpool's main striker when he's fully fit, Rodgers will need someone to fill his boots in the meantime. Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini have all struggled for goals this term and the Northern Irishman will want an able deputy for Sturridge.
Not The Answer
Although Ings could be a good addition at a cut-price, he should not be the answer to Liverpool's goal-scoring problems.
The Reds have netted just 50 goals all campaign, 53 less than last year and have been distinctly toothless in-front of goal.
Luis Suarez was not replaced when he left Anfield for Barcelona last summer and Rodgers must bring in a new, top-class striker. To be in contention for a top-four finish, every club needs strikers who are guaranteed at least 15 goals per season.
Chelsea have Diego Costa, Manchester City have Sergio Aguero and Arsenal have Alexis Sanchez.
Liverpool's top-scorer in the Premier League is Steven Gerrard, who's been injured for chunks of the season and netted eight goals.
For the Merseyside club to compete amongst the best, they must spend a large amount of cash of a proven goal-scorer at the highest level.