Newcastle to fight Southampton for signature of Burnley star Danny Ings

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Newcastle are reportedly interested in Burnley striker Danny Ings - but Southampton remain favourites.

Newcastle United may have struck gold with the summer signing of Ayoze Perez from Tenerife, but Alan Pardew's other attacking additions haven't quite got going.

Siem De Jong, Emmanuel Riviere and Facundo Ferreyra have all failed to make an impact so far, leaving Pardew to contemplate bringing in a striker in January.

Recent speculation has linked the Magpies with a move for Anderlecht's Serbian goal machine Aleksandar Mitrovic, but Pardew could instead look closer to home.

According to the Daily Mirror, Pardew is eyeing up a January bid for Burnley star Danny Ings, who has scored three goals in his last two games.

Ings, 22, is out of contract at the end of the season, and could be available for a knockdown price in January, with Burnley concerned about losing him for free.

The Mirror report that £3m could be enough to land Ings, who goes up against Newcastle on Tuesday as Burnley host the Magpies at Turf Moor - and Pardew admitted that he's taken an interest in Ings' progress, but didn't make a summer bid for him; contrary to popular belief.

"I know that Eddie Howe took him to Burnley, and he was always praising him, so he’s someone I’ve always kept my eye on," said Pardew. "We’ve never offered any interest to him, or to them for him."

Ings' meeting with Newcastle could now be something of an audition, but the Magpies may be fighting a losing battle in pursuing the England Under-21 striker.

Southampton - Ings' boyhood and former club - are also reportedly interested in a deal for Ings in a bid to offer Graziano Pelle more support, and a move back down to Hampshire could be more appealing to the Clarets ace.

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