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Official: Southampton Seal Danny Ings Deal

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The injury-plagued striker has joined the Saints on loan with an agreement to buy for £20m next season

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The forward has managed to secure a move away at the final time of asking. Despite the deadline day window officially closing at 5pm BST, Southampton were granted an extension in their efforts to sign the 26-year-old after hours. The deal that was eventually struck will have Ings join Mark Hughes’ side on loan for the 2018-19 season before sealing a permanent switch next summer for £20m.

Bought by in 2015 Brendan Rodgers for a tribunal-set fee of £6.5m after a stellar maiden Premier League season with Burnley, the forward suffered terrible luck at Anfield, enduring two long-term knee injuries that hamstrung his career, limiting him to 25 first team appearances and four goals in three seasons.

With a reported £18m to be paid up front on July 1, 2019, with £2m in add-ons and a sell-on clause, the deal represents yet another coup for Michael Edwards and the transfer team as Liverpool have again managed to move a fringe player off the books at a massive profit.

The Winchester-born player will link up with the south coast club in an attempt to revive a once-promising career. The Saints in turn will receive a boost to their survival hopes as they hope to improve on their 17th-place finish last term, with a healthy Ings serving as an impressive addition to their striking options.

Best of luck to you Danny. YNWA.