Liverpool have agreed terms with Burnley striker Danny Ings, subject to the youngster passing a medical. The 22-year-old was one of the most in-demand free agents in the Premier League this summer.
Liverpool looks to have won the race to striker the highly-rated England under-21 international.
He is a free agent this summer when his contract with the Clarets expires. The side from Lancashire will receive compensation from the Merseysider’s.
The Clarets are believed to have rejected an offer for the striker already, so the compensation may be decided by a committee arranged by the Premier League. Former-club Bournemouth will also receive a percentage of the compensation.
Ings’ exit from Burnley was inevitable from the moment he let his contract run down to a year. The striker has been linked with a move to Real Sociedad, Tottenham and of course the Reds.
Tottenham were even linked with making a bid of around £12million for the striker, which would allow them first contact with Ings. However, Ings had a host of options and it seems he believed that Liverpool would be his best option.
At 22-years-old Danny Ings is highly-rated and an England under-21 international. Last season was his first in the top-flight and alongside ‘keeper Tom Heaton was the Clarets top performer. In truth Burnley struggled for goals, but the striker still managed to score 11 goals last season.
His movement and intelligence was impressive for a player who was enjoying his first campaign in the top-flight. Ings had helped the Clarets to promotion to the Premier League with 21 goals the season before.
Ings has shown what he can do in the top-flight in a poor team and is young enough to become a very good player in the future. He will only benefit from playing alongside a better standard of player at Anfield and playing more Premier League football.
Danny Ings seems to fit into the ‘Moneyball’ transfer policy of the clubs owners. However, this summer the Reds seem to be approaching the transfer market in a different way. Last summer the Reds spent a lot of money on a host of foreign players with big price tags, as well as harvesting Southampton.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has obviously had to cut his cloth accordingly this summer. He has agreed to sign another free agent James Milner from Manchester City and now Ings.
There will be some Liverpool fans that will not see the benefits of the Reds signing players like Milner or Ings. There will also be some Reds fans who will not be excited by their signings. Some Liverpool fans need to face the facts that the Reds are not going to be able to go out and sign world-class players this summer.
Rodgers spent big money last summer and the Reds endured a poor campaign finishing sixth in the Premier League table. For me the signings of Milner and Ings are clever ones by Rodgers.
He needs to get things right in the transfer market this summer and he will lose very little on the pair if either player fails to prove a success at Anfield.
Milner is on big wages, but is a player that will provide the Reds midfield with stability and know-how. He is a player who always gives a hundred per cent and is underrated.
Ings scored 11 goals last season, compared to the Liverpool strikers he was prolific. Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini only managed four top-flight goals between them last season. Even Daniel Sturridge only managed five in an injury hit campaign.
Granted Ings did play a lot more games than the Reds forwards, but he also played alongside players who have spent much of their careers in the lower leagues as well. He lacked service at times, so to score that amount of goals in the top-flight was pretty impressive.
The Liverpool fans moaning about this signing are going to be the ones praising the management when in a few years’ time he either proves himself at Anfield, or he moves on for a much bigger fee than the Reds had to pay for him.
There are not many English strikers of his age, potential and current ability, so to get him for a small fee could be something of a bargain for the Reds this summer, despite what some fans are saying.
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