Burnley's 22-goal striker speaks out, while Clarets have Deeney bid rejected

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Burnley's Danny Ings says he is steering clear of transfer speculation this summer.

The England Under-21 international has been linked with a move away from Turf Moor but insists he is only focusing on the Premier League campaign ahead - with Burnley.

Ings scored 22 goals in the Championship last season as Sean Dyche's men clinched automatic promotion, though Southampton have reportedly made a 'formal enquiry' about the 21-year-old's availability.

But the Burnley striker has dismissed the ongoing speculation, also claiming that he is in better shape ahead of next season.

“I just stay away from all of that,” he said. “I don’t find it hard to deal with, I just ignore it," he told the Lancashire Telegraph.

“There’s speculation all the time, but I’m contracted to Burnley and I’m just concentrating on my football.

“I’m in better shape going into this year so hopefully I can become even stronger ready for the start of the season, because we’re playing better players this year so I need to improve.”

Ings could be lining up alongside a different frontman this season should he stay at Turf Moor, however, as the Lancashire Telegraph are this morning reporting that the club have made a bid for Watford striker Troy Deeney.

That bid has been rejected by the Hornets but Sean Dyche is said to be keen to bring the 26-year-old to Burnley, having worked with him during his time as boss at Vicarage Road.

Dyche will face competition from a number of Premier League clubs, with the report stating that as many as four other teams have entered the race to sign the forward.

Deeney scored 24 goals last season, suggesting he could strike up a lethal partnership with Ings. The test will be if the pair can reproduce that form in the top flight.

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