JUST THE ING
Ex-Burnley ace is a wanted man as four Premier League clubs prepare to make a move for the hotshot once the transfer window opens. WEST HAM and Crystal Palace are leading the chase to sign Liverpool striker Danny Ings on loan. The forward’s last two seasons have been wrecked by injury following his big move from Burnley to Anfield.
He has not started a Premier League game since the Merseyside derby in October 2015 and the England international is desperate for some first-team action. Ings, 25, does not want to call it quits on his Anfield career but is willing to go out on loan.
And David Moyes wants the forward to lead the Hammers‘ charge to safety, according to the Guardian. He will face competition from Palace, who are just as desperate to bolster their strikeforce in an attempt to boost their survival hopes.
However, the Eagles will need to negotiate with Manchester United the termination of Timothy Fosu-Mensah’s loan deal in order to make any six-month move possible.
Roy Hodgson, who gave Ings his solitary international cap, rates Fosu-Mensah highly but boasts defensive cover and is willing to sacrifice the youngster in order to boost his attack.
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But West Ham and Crystal Palace are not the only two clubs interested in the hotshot. Stoke City are also monitoring his situation along with West Brom and Brighton. Ings has been restricted to just 17 minutes of first-team action with the Reds this season since his return from a damaged cartilage.
His only cameo came when he was introduced from the bench against Leicester City in the Carabao Cup in September. The hotshot has featured regularly for Liverpool’s Under-23s this season, scoring four times against Stoke and twice more past Bristol City this week.
Jurgen Klopp is monitoring Ings’ progress closely, but he knows several stars are ahead of the him in the pecking order. Therefore, the German coach is believed to be prepared to allow Ings to go out on loan next month in order to gain proper gamer-time before a return to Merseyside in the summer. When quizzed on Ings last month, Klopp said: “The best news is he is really fit.
“But the problem is we have strikers who have been training for four to five months and he has been in and out. “He is not far away, he has been in the middle of it, but in his position we have Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge, Dominic Solanke and they were always involved, more or less. “I cannot make the squad bigger. But Danny looks really good, sharp, everything.”