The young Burnley striker has stressed what he doesn't want from his next club, which could be bad news to the elite clubs chasing his signature.
The England Under-21 forward's contract expires this summer, meaning he can move to any other club for a nominal fee.
The striker, who has been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool and Real Sociedad, as well as Manchester United, has been in impressive form this season, especially in the Premier League where he has 9 goals.
Considering that the Clarets have been working hard to prove they deserve to remain in the division after coming up last year, Ings has a fine return, and it's no surprise that many top clubs have been linked with the forward.
However, he is mindful that if he were to move, it should be to a club where he will be very much involved in the first team picture and where he can develop.
"One thing I don't want to do is go somewhere and all of a sudden disappear for a while," Ings said.
"[Somewhere] you don’t really get a look-in. A lot of other things can suck you in when it comes to moves and I am sure that it has happened in the past to people. My main aim next year is, wherever I am, to play football and to enjoy it and develop."
If Ings was to move to United or Liverpool, he would have to work hard to get first team appearances, with the likes of Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge established first-choice strikers.
But the 22-year-old has certainly hinted that wherever he is playing next season, he would prefer that he was in the top flight - suggesting that he would seek to leave Turf Moor were Burnley unable to beat the drop.
"You don't want to have a good couple of years, come through the Championship, have a good first year in the Premier League and then not play in the Premier League for another year or so because that is a backward step," the striker added.
"No matter what contract anyone is on it is important that you are playing football."