The Lancashire Telegraph has reported that Tottenham Hotspur are leading the pack of clubs looking to sign Danny Ings from Burnley before the end of the month.
Tottenham have previously been linked with making an £8 million offer for Burnley’s main striker and they may well submit a formal approach with Mauricio Pochettino likely to be keen on signing some attacking support up front.
The LT mentions four other clubs as seriously interested in Ings (West Brom, Newcastle, Ajax and Wolfsburg) but suggests that Tottenham are at the front of the queue.
The problem Burnley have is that his contract expires in the summer and it’s difficult for them to convince the 22-year-old that he’s better off sticking with a side that may end up back in the Championship.
In contrast, Spurs stand a very good chance of winning some silverware this season and while Ings may be cup tied for part of that success, he also has the prospect of European football should he move to White Hart Lane.
Pochettino is under pressure to sign a striker because of the situation surrounding Harry Kane.
Kane has quickly established himself as the club’s main forward, but he’s not in a position where he can start every single game and the boss needs to give himself options.
The worry with overplaying Kane is that he’ll become fatigued and suffer burnout before the end of the season, which could be a vital part of the season for the club.
A fee of £8 million is certainly a price that Tottenham could afford and a worthwhile gamble for talented English striker who can keep Kane on his toes, as well as getting more out of the England under-21 international.