Liverpool are confident of securing the signature of Burnley striker Danny Ings this summer despite the forward having still not made a decision on his future.
This has been reported by the Daily Mail, who claim that Ings, who has enjoyed a fine debut season in the Premier League, will make a decision over his long term future before the end of the month.
At Burnley this season, Ings has found the back of the net on 10 occasions, but has failed to keep the Clarets in England's elite division after their relegation was confirmed this past weekend.
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It appears, then, that with the 22-year-old forward out of contract at Turf Moor at the end of the campaign, he will move on, with Liverpool seemingly leading the race to land him.
In fact, the same report goes on to reveal that Liverpool's Premier League rivals Manchester United, as well as David Moyes' Real Sociedad, have an interest in the forward's services.
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The report claims that Moyes and Co. in La Liga have put forward a strong argument to sign the player, promising him first-team football, but it remains to be seen as to whether the club step up their interest in him anytime soon.
If Ings moves to Liverpool, then the Reds will have to pay as much as £5 million in compensation to Burnley to complete the deal, as the Merseyside outfit go in search of improvement ahead of the 2015/16 campaign.
Ultimately, under Brendan Rodgers this term, the club have endured a nightmare in the attacking department, with star striker Daniel Sturridge failing to maintain his fitness. Last summer's signings have failed to produce the goods, with Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli struggling to adapt at Anfield.
There's no doubt about it, the Reds are desperate for improvement in attack and will no doubt be hoping that Ings opts for them in the coming weeks.
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But is he really good enough to lead the line at Anfield? Of course, critics will suggest that the youngster won't take the club to the next level, and they may well be right.
However, Ings has bags of potential and at 22-years-old would make a good signing for the club at such a small price. At the end of the day, the top clubs in the Premier League are always after the best young English talent, so the signing of the Burnley man would prove a smart deal for Rodgers.
It is, of course, crucial that the Reds also add a top name to their ranks this summer. If they manage to do that, sign Ings and keep Sturridge fit, then things will surely improve next term.
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