Monday, 8 June 2015

Premier League - Liverpool announce Danny Ings deal


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Danny Ings looks set to leave Burnley
Danny Ings looks set to leave Burnley
Liverpool have confirmed that Burnley striker Danny Ings will sign for the club on July 1, pending the completion of a successful medical.

Ings, 23, scored 11 goals for Burnley this season despite the club’s relegation and has long been rumoured to be a top target for Liverpool.

Real Sociedad manager David Moyes had also shown an interest in bringing the striker to Spain but the club said last week that convincing him to move to La Liga would be “difficult”.

Manchester United were briefly linked as well but it is Anfield where Ings will spend next season having agreed to move to Liverpool following the expiration of his Burnley contract.

Burnley are due a compensation fee for Ings as he is under 24 and if the two clubs cannot agree on a price the fee will be set by tribunal.

Reports in March suggested that fee could be as high as £8 million – with the current record the £6.5m Chelsea were forced to pay Manchester City for Daniel Sturridge in 2010.

Ings will represent England at the European Under-21 Championship this summer.

Burnley's Danny Ings celebrates after scoring during their English Premier League match against Everton
Burnley's Danny Ings celebrates after scoring during their English Premier League match against Everton
OUR VIEW

Liverpool's collection of centre-forwards are certainly in need of a shake-up having contributed just eight Premier League goals all season: Daniel Sturridge with four, Rickie Lambert with two, Fabio Borini with one and Mario Balotelli with one as well. Everton's defence had nine between them.

Is Ings the right man? He's a fine finisher and a clever mover and his tally of 11 was pretty decent for a team which fought gamely but had too little quality to stay in the Premier League. He deserves a step up and Liverpool is certainly that.