The Guardian are reporting that Newcastle’s long-term transfer target Danny Ings wants to leave Liverpool to get first-team football.
Newcastle have been linked with Ings since he was 17 and playing on loan at Dorchester Town from AFC Bournemouth back in early 2010.
There are at least six times since then that Newcastle have been linked strongly with a move for the Winchester-born player including the last three transfer windows.
Danny has had a tough time of it at Liverpool with two serious knee injuries, but he has also been praised by manager Jurgen Klopp for his excellent attitude and determination in training.
25-year-old Danny Ings – want to leave Reds to get first-team football
He seems to be Rafa’s type of player in that he wants to get better and succeed and he could well do that on Tyneside.
Liverpool don’t want to lose him because he has been so useful to them as a useful sub this year, but it’s Ings himself who wants to play more football.
Liverpool paid £6.5M for him from Burnley three years ago, and it will be interesting to see what Liverpool want for him if he does leave this summer.
An alternative for Rafa is to try to bring the striker in on loan for the season with an option to buy – that would be the low-cost way to judge whether Danny can make it at Newcastle.
We think he can, but there will be lots of clubs interested in signing him, including some on the continent.
The Guardian is reporting that Inter-Milan are currently monitoring the situation, while German clubs RB Leipzig, Schalke and Bayer Leverkusen are also interested.
We are hoping one of those clubs will be Newcastle, but we will need to move quickly to try to tie up a deal for Ings.
With the hierarchy moving at a snail’s pace this transfer window that’s unlikely to happen.
But we are very willing to be surprised on the upside and see Lee Charnley and team move quickly to get this lad signed up permanently – or on loan.
He could definitely help solve our striker problem.
Rafa could definitely bring out the best in him.
Ings has been capped once by England back in October 2015 after signing on at Liverpool the previous summer.
That was just before he had his first serious ACL knee injury – picked up in the first ever training session under Liverpool’s new manager Jurgen Klopp.
He played 13 times for the England U21 side with 4 goals.
He would be an excellent signing for Newcastle.