Pursuit of Burnley star hots up as Southampton plot homecoming move

Burnley star Danny Ings is high on the Saints hit-list as Ronald Koeman commences a rebuilding job at St. Mary's.

With Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert all exiting St. Mary's, it's time for Ronald Koeman to start putting his own stamp on the Saints as he commences his rebuilding job at Southampton.

With Graziano Pellè already linked with a reunion with his former boss, it is now believed that England U21 international Danny Ings is another player on the hit-list of the former Feyenoord and Benfica boss.

The Daily Mail reports that Southampton have now lodged an official enquiry with Burnley with regard to the availability of the 21 year old, who was born in Southampton and supports the Saints.

Ings celebrated promotion with Burnley last season, finishing 2nd in the Championship in a season which saw the former Bournemouth front-man, who was released by Southampton as a kid, score 26 goals in 45 games.

However, the Clarets striker has just 12 months remaining on his current contract, with no signs of a new deal emerging.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche is understood to want a fee in the region of £8 million for the forward, who could follow the career move of Jay Rodriguez, who joined Southampton from Burnley in the summer of 2012.

With just 12 months left on his deal, Ings would be able to sign pre-contract agreements with clubs from January.

Therefore, it could prove of benefit for the Lanchashire club to cash in now, rather than run the risk of Ings moving on at a later date with a much lower compensation fee being set by a tribunal.

Danny Ings has represented the England U21 side alongside Southampton academy products Luke Shaw and James Ward-Prowse, scoring twice in his four appearances for the Three Lions.

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