Liverpool are set to begin contract negotiations with Danny Ings as they look to sign the striker, reports the Liverpool Echo.
Ings' Burnley contract expires at the end of this month and the 22-year-old has rejected to extend his time at Turf Moor.
The England U21 international, who is part of Gareth Southgate's squad for the U21 European Championships this summer, scored 11 goals for relegated Burnley this season and has attracted plenty of attention with a host of clubs racing for his signature.
Tottenham Hotspur and David Moyes' Real Sociedad have both shown interest for Ings, however, it is Liverpool who are reportedly leading the race.
The Reds would not get the former Bournemouth man for nothing, however, and would have to pay the Clarets a tribunal fee as he is under 24, which is rumoured to be in the region of £4-6 million.
Brendan Rodgers' side have been toothless this season and scored just 52 Premier League goals as they finished a disappointing sixth.
Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge netted a combined 52 goals last term, however, the former now plays his football at Barcelona and Sturridge has missed most of the season due to a series of calf and hip injuries.
Mario Balotelli signed for Liverpool last summer for £16 million but struggled for form and netted just one league goal all term. Rodgers was also reluctant to play Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini for most of the campaign.
Instead, the Northern Irishman used Raheem Sterling as a number nine and, despite the 20-year-old causing problems for defenders with his pace, was not clinical enough in-front of goal.
No Luis Suarez
Ings could be value for money, however, he is not a signing that creates fireworks. Suarez produced magic on a weekly basis and Kopites want to see another top-class striker leading the front-line.
A forward who can guarantee 20 goals a season will be at the summit of Rodgers' summer shopping list, but, will likely have to pay big money.
Liverpool have also been linked with Christian Benteke and the Belgian has a £32.5 million buy-out clause in his contract. He's scored goals for Aston Villa this season, but, seems to go on hot and cold streaks any may not be the answer.
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