With the transfer window slamming shut for Premier League sides at 5PM BST this afternoon, it looked as though Danny Ings would be stuck with Liverpool for the coming season. However, a deal to take him to Southampton may not be dead just yet.
According to The Southern Daily Echo, Saints have submitted paperwork hoping to be granted an extension that would allow them to complete a deal for Ings, but it is unclear at this point if it was put through in time or if the extension will be granted.
Clubs that have deals in the works when the window closes can be granted extensions to finish those deals in the hours immediately following, and for the sake of Ings, Liverpool, and Southampton the hope will now be that a deal remains possible.
Liverpool had been holding out for a £20M fee for the 26-year-old, oft-injured striker that had already pushed Crystal Palace to bring in Jordan Ayew instead, and that left Liverpool and Southampton in something of a staring contest to see who blinked first.
It appears, just maybe, that Southampton blinked in time to pay a fee Liverpool would accept and get the deal done. Alternately, they blinked too late and Ings will remain at Anfield for the coming season.
Update: It has been confirmed that Southampton have been given clearance to complete a deal for Ings. It would be a season-long loan with an obligation to buy the player outright at the end of the 2018-19 season.