Liverpool close in on Danny Ings signing

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Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Danny Ings and barring any last-minute hitches should secure the Burnley striker on a Bosman free transfer this summer.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is planning a major shake-up of his attacking ranks at Anfield this close-season, and is ready to listen to offers for three of his existing marksman.

Summer signings Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli have failed to make much of an impression during their debut seasons on Merseyside, while Fabio Borini is another player that has no long-term future at the club.

Rodgers's intentions to cash-in on the under-performing trio is perceived as a bit of a risk, particularly following confirmation that Daniel Sturridge will remain sidelined until September.

The England international underwent surgery on his hip in the United States earlier this week, and although the operation went well he's unlikely to return to training in time for pre-season.

Liverpool will be boosted by the long-awaited arrival of Divock Origi - the Belgian star who shone at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but returned to former club Lille on loan for the duration of the current campaign as part of the £10 million agreement reached last summer.

With Ings, Origi and the injury-plagued Sturridge, that still leaves Rodgers a little light on options if he proceeds with the anticipated sales of Lambert, Balotelli and Borini, meaning the Reds are likely to be on the lookout for another striker when the transfer window reopens.

Earlier today, the Northern Irishman claimed he had no interest in acquiring PSV Eindhoven forward Memphis Depay after it was confirmed he is set to join Premier League rivals Manchester United this summer, pending the outcome of a medical.

The fleet-footed Eredivisie forward's ability to play right across the front line would've surely been an attractive proposition, but Rodgers insisted that wasn't the case, which begs the question what other options he's currently considering.

Surely Liverpool will look to get their incoming deals over the line before rubber-stamping any departures, or else they risk starting the 2015/16 campaign seriously light on goalscoring options in the final third of the pitch.

It's also worth remembering that the high-profile departure of captain Steven Gerrard is another area of the team that is going to be noticeably weakened, although Jordan Henderson is seen as a ready-made replacement for the club legend.

Still, a central midfield reinforcement will probably be pretty high on the manager's list of transfer priorities in order to sustain a stronger challenge for the Premier League title next season.

Liverpool fans: Do you think Danny Ings is good enough for Anfield? Is Brendan Rodgers playing a risky game by completely overhauling his striker department? Have your say below...

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