Exclusive: Liverpool striker target 'monitored by scouts'

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Reported Liverpool target Danny Ings is on the summer shopping list of a number of clubs in the Barclays Premier League.

The 19-year-old striker impressed with his quick feet and eye for goal after being drafted into the Bournemouth side for the second half of last season - scoring five times in the final seven games of the campaign to seal the Cherries a spot in the npower League One playoffs.

And, despite missing a penalty in the semi-final first leg against Huddersfield, Ings netted in the second fixture - although it wasn't enough to seal Bournemouth a place in the final.

TalkSPORT had previously suggested that Liverpool scouts had been to watch Ings at close quarters and now, GiveMeFootball can confirm, the young striker has indeed been monitored by top flight clubs.

"He's got unbelievable potential to go up to the highest level, which has obviously been proven by the people that have been watching him," a Bournemouth insider told GMF.

"Premier League teams have been watching him, and that speaks volumes."

Along with Liverpool, Fulham and Newcastle have also been linked with the promising forward and a transfer scrap for Ings' services could potentially ensue during the transfer window.

Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) have previously outlined their intention to invest heavily on youth but, whether or not they decide Ings is worth the risk remains to be seen.

A jump up two divisions to Liverpool, Fulham or Newcastle would represent quite a challenge for Ings, but people in the know at Dean Court feel he has the ability to one day play at the highest level.


"Potentially he could go very, very high. He's a good lad; he listens, he learns, his feet are firmly on the ground," added the source.

"We've produced a few exciting young players down the years. In the last few seasons we've had Sam Vokes, Brett Pitman and Josh McQuoid who have all moved on for £500,000 plus.

"Danny Ings looks to be the next in line. We hope we can hold on to him, but next season will be a big test for him.

"We hear that scouts from Premier League clubs have been watching him, but nobody has put an offer in. But he's had a lot of interest, and rightly so."

In their pursuit of teenage talent in the lower tiers of English football, Liverpool have also been linked with Southampton winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has been tipped to move to Anfield during the transfer window.

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