We have been linked before this summer with Burnley striker Danny Ings, who has just one year left on his contract at the Turd Moor club.
Danny Ings – 21 year-old Burnley striker
Newcastle have been interested in Ings for over four years, and we had reports out back in early 2010 when he was on loan at Dorchester Town from Bournemouth, that Newcastle were keeping tabs on the then 17 year-old striker.
The Southampton-born player has played 4 times for the England U21 side with two goals, and since Burnley have just been promoted you wouldn’t expect they would let their top goalscorer leave the club.
But Danny has just one year left on his four year contract at Burnley, and he has still not signed an extension, so we don’t know if Newcastle are making it known to this agent that they are interested.
But Newcastle are always well aware of the contract situation of their potential transfer targets, and two years before their contract runs out Newcastle watch to see if the players seem ready to become free agents.
Certainly if Danny plays out the last year of his contract through next June, there could be big interest in this free agent next summer,
Ings joined Burnley from Bournemouth back in 2011, and in the last three seasons he has scored 32 goals in 93 appearances, so certainly last season was by far his best at Burnley.
In March, Ings won the Championship Player of the Year at Football League Award, and beat out two other nominees – Leeds forward Ross McCormack and Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater.
Newcastle have been heavily linked with striker McCormack this morning, and the news is that a £5M offer for the Scot could see Newcastle get their first senior signing of the summer.
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