After news that Danny Ings could be heading to Spain on a pre-contract, Liverpool football journalist Tony Barrett has broken news that Liverpool FC want to seal a deal now with a view to signing him in the summer.
While news from Barrett doesn't alter a plan that was already in place before today, it seems that a conclusion to negotiations could be imminent. The uncertainty surrounding the player has already been a source of irritation for Burnley and Sean Dyche. A bid believed to be around £4 million for Ings was rejected, and Liverpool would presumably try to finalise an agreement in principle with Burnley that would secure his future, offer satisfactory compensation for the club, and have Liverpool's future striking depth already in place to support Daniel Sturridge next season.
Liverpool looking to agree a deal with Burnley for Danny Ings that would avoid the need for a tribunal when his contract ends in June.— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) February 2, 2015
Any deal for Ings would be for the summer transfer window, not this one.— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) February 2, 2015
Liverpool will be getting a player who has been quite productive for 18 months in both the Championship and Premier League. That may not be what Liverpool fans want, but Ings is the type of striker that would suit Liverpool's system. While the level of quality for a club like Liverpool may be in question, the suitability in terms of movement and approach to the game probably isn't a major concern.
Is this a good bit of news for Liverpool on deadline day?