Reports: Burnley’s Danny Ings Prefers To Join Liverpool As Free Agent

Danny Ings soon could be the newest piece of Liverpool’s reconstructed strike force.

Ings wants to make a free transfer from Burnley to Liverpool this summer, The Liverpool Echo and The Lancashire Telegraph reported Monday. A number of clubs have targeted Ings to reinforce their striking corps, but the 22-year-old striker “prefers” Liverpool, according to the reports.

Ings has scored 10 goals in 33 Premier League games this season, but his contributions weren’t enough to save Burnley from relegation to the Championship (English second division). Ings’ contract expires after this season, and he apparently has decided to continue his career in the top flight.

Manchester United and a few German clubs reportedly also have interest in signing Ings, as does Spanish club Real Sociedad. But Ings seemingly is leaning toward joining Liverpool and competing for playing time at one of England’s biggest clubs.

Liverpool urgently needs to upgrade its striking options, having suffered from a lack of goals this season. Ings’ age, pedigree and price make him an attractive prospect for the Reds.

Liverpool would not have to pay a market rate to sign Ings, but he wouldn’t be completely free. A tribunal could put a £4 million ($6.2 million) price tag on him as compensation for Burnley’s (and other clubs’) work in developing him. Ings’ fee would be significantly lower if he were join a non-English club.

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