Tottenham Hotspur remain determined to sign Danny Ings this summer, although the striker has made it clear he prefers a move elsewhere.
Although Burnley suffered relegation from the Premier League this season, the 22-year-old enjoyed an impressive debut campaign in the top-flight with 11 goals and four assists to his name from 35 appearances. The Turf Moor club are now preparing for their return to the Championship, but they are doing so in the knowledge their star player won’t be part of their plans.
Ings is out of contract this summer and has told his employers he will not be penning a fresh deal, a decision which has surprised nobody within the corridors of the Lancashire club. They will, at least, be able to demand a compensation fee for his release, unless they are able to agree a fee with a club in the coming weeks before his current agreement expires at the end of next month.
Liverpool have long been leading the chase for the England Under-21 international, who wants his future sorted before he helps Gareth Southgate’s side at the European Championships in June. The Reds are willing to stump up £6million to land Ings, and although Spurs are willing to pay almost twice as much, he has reportedly told the capital club that he wants a move to Anfield.
Mauricio Pochettino is likely to have more success in pursuit of another Burnley player, Kieran Trippier. The former Manchester City youngster, like Ings, has proved his capability to play in the Premier League, and his performances over the course of the season have won many admirers. Tottenham are leading the chase for the 24-year-old, and hope to wrap up a deal worth £3.5million.