Liverpool could pay over £10m for Danny Ings

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Liverpool could face a bill of over £10million for striker Danny Ings if England manager Roy Hodgson plays him in Monday night's Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania.

The 23-year-old moved to Anfield on a Bosman free from Burnley in the summer, but Premier League rules dictate that the parent club is entitled to a development fee if the player in question is under the age of 24.

Burnley and Liverpool officials failed to come to an agreement over the compensation package, meaning an independent panel is set to decide it on their behalf.


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Hodgson is expected to name Ings on the substitute's bench for the game in Vilnius and, having overcome a slight ankle knock, has been pencilled in for a second-half appearance.

A report in the Telegraph claims that the tribunal, which is set to get underway in the next few weeks, is likely to take an England cap into consideration and could push the final figure up significantly.

The precedent 

The report claims it could reach over £10m, possibly vaulting the £11m offer Burnley received from Tottenham Hotspur in the final weeks of Ings' contract. Officials at White Hart Lane made the audacious bid because they felt the eventual development fee would come close to that figure anyway.

Liverpool offered Burnley £6m in private talks, but the Turf Moor club rejected it outright because of the £6.5m Manchester City received for Daniel Sturridge under similar circumstances in 2009.

Sturridge left for Chelsea on a free transfer, but was still an unproven youngster at the time, whereas Ings had already proven himself as a Premier League goal scorer.

No official date

No official date has been set by the Professional Football Compensation Committee, but the longer it takes, the more expensive it is likely to be for Liverpool.

Any fee is likely to come as a blow to new manager Jurgen Klopp, who has already seen the transfer budget for this season used by former boss Brendan Rodgers.

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