Why Southampton should consider bringing Danny Ings back to the club

Southampton could land themselves a January bargain in Burnley striker Danny Ings.

Southampton's start to the season has been beyond their wildest dreams, and eight wins from the first 11 games means that Ronald Koeman's men have a great chance of earning European qualification for next season.

Whether that would be the Europa League or even the Champions League remains to be seen, but in order to guarantee a top six finish, they'll need to continue strengthening in January.

The club have already been linked with moves to sign Belenenses goalkeeper Matt Jones, Aston Villa centre back Ron Vlaar, Norwich City winger Nathan Redmond and AIK forward Kennedy Igboananike, but adding more depth behind Graziano Pelle should be on the agenda.

Shane Long was snapped up for £12m this summer, but has mostly been used out wide so far, scoring twice in the process - and adding someone pacey to play alongside Pelle could give Southampton a new dimension.

This summer, the club were linked with a move to sign Burnley hotshot Danny Ings after he hit 25 goals in the Clarets' promotion campaign last season, but he chose to stay at Turf Moor in the last year of his contract.

Ings, 22, actually started his career with hometown club Southampton, but was one of the few players to have been misjudged by the Saints academy, having been released as a schoolboy.

He stayed on the South Coast though, flourishing with Bournemouth, where eight goals in 28 games earned him that move to Burnley.

Now an England Under-21 international, Ings bagged twice for Burnley in their 2-1 win over Stoke City this weekend, and is starting to adjust to life in the Premier League.

Yet with just over six months left on his contract, it's believed that Ings is open to offers to leave East Lancashire in January - a return to Southampton could be ideal.

Ings' movement would be perfect to play off target man Pelle, and he would fit in Southampton's budget given the limited time left on his contract.

Offering him a return to the club would be quite the turnaround given his history with the club, but surely Ings - a boyhood Southampton fan - would be open to a comeback after hitting the heights of the Premier League.

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