Burnley prepared to fend off bids for star striker

Liverpool and Southampton are two teams interested in Clarets hot-shot Danny Ings, although consistent football may secure his services for another season.

Ings - who has contributed 21 goals in 40 Championship appearances - was voted Sky Bet Player of the Year, and has been a major factor in Burnley's impressive promotion-winning season. The 21-year old was a reported transfer target for high-flying Liverpool in the January transfer window, with the Daily Mail suggesting an £8 million bid was tabled.

Following Burnley confirming promotion to the Premier League, interest has been renewed in the Englishman, with both Anfield and Southampton's St. Mary's Stadium rumoured destinations. With the incoming revenue from winning promotion, manager Sean Dyche is aware that losing their star striker will not be from a monetary issue, and is hoping that his important role in the Burley team will ensure his dedication. Speaking to football direct news, a source at the club revealed Dyche's opinion on the matter.

“The gaffer knows how important Danny has been this season and is desperate to keep him.

“It's no surprise that clubs are interested but regular Premier League football should hopefully swing it in our favour although we realise there's a danger of losing him.”

As the Clarets' promotion was dependent upon the goalscoring abilities of Ings - as well as his strike partner Sam Vokes - it is unlikely that Dyche would want to see the striker leave as he prepares for the likelihood of a tough season fighting relegation. As monetary and societal status are assured, the only major draw for Ings is the potential for Champions League football, and the humble 21-year old may not see his career as having progressed far enough to warrant such an achievement.

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