According to The Mirror, Southampton are planning a January move for Burnley striker Danny Ings. Released by the South Coast outfit as a youngster, the 22-year-old has attracted the interest of his boyhood club after a string of impressive performances for Sean Dyche's Burnley.
Ings was vital in the Lancashire club's promotion push last season - scoring 21 goals in 40 appearances - and he is a firm contributor to his side's increasing survival chances this term. The England Under-21 international has scored four goals in his last five games, taking his domestic tally to four in ten.
Saints boss Ronald Koeman wants a new front-man to ease the burden on Italian summer signing Graziano Pelle considering doubts over the future of England international Jay Rodriguez following last season's major knee injury. With Ings out of contract next summer, and seemingly reluctant to sign a new deal, Burnley could be open to offers.
Following a brief statistical comparison between Ings and Pelle, it's fair to say there's very little to split the two strikers. While Pelle has six goals to his name this term - two more than the Burnley striker - the duo are practically identical in terms of goals scored per game, as well as their conversion rates.
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In terms of creativity, Pelle outclasses Ings by the smallest of margins, having fashioned 18 key passes since his Premier League arrival, compared to the 22-year-old's nine. Nonetheless, Ings is the more composed in possession - he has proven more accurate in his overall attempts to find a teammate this season.
There is one clear difference between the pair, and this comes down to their individual playing styles. Pelle holds a clear dominance in the air - thanks to his 6 ft 4 in frame - while Ings is far more adept at dictating with the ball at his feet, using his pace and dribbling prowess to take on, and beat, opposition defenders.
Ings would prove a useful signing for the Saints, during a season in which they are capable of mounting a genuine top four challenge. A more dynamic striker than Graziano Pelle, the English striker would certainly offer Ronald Koeman something different to work with, a 'Plan B' so to speak.