Leeds United were only linked with Danny Ings for a matter of days but the Liverpool striker has already attempted to silence speculation about his immediate future.
“When you are at a club like Liverpool, it is not a club that you want to walk away from. It would grate on me for the rest of my career, and the rest of my life, if I had not done everything to give it my all,” Ings said in quotes reported by Goal. “I still feel like I have a big part to play in this football club.”
ESPN reported last week that Leeds had identified Ings, whose 21 goals inspired Burnley to promotion in 2014, as the player who could end their exile from the Premier League. The one-time England international has not played a league game for Liverpool since May 2016 thanks to serious injuries in both knees and it remains to be seen whether or not he has a place in Jurgen Klopp’s plans.
Yet, Ings should be commended for keeping his Liverpool dream alive. And while Leeds fans may be disappointed by suggestions that a real coup of a signing may be out of their grasp, Caleb Ekuban may be breathing a sigh of relief.
The 23-year-old only arrived at Elland Road from Serie A side Chievo this summer, via a prolific 17-goal loan spell at Albanian outfit Partizani Tirana. Yet, Ekuban has been limited to just 62 minutes of Championship football thanks to injury and is not expected to return for another month.
And he should be relieved that a deal for Ings looks extremely unlikely. After all, Ekuban will already return to find Hamburg loanee Pierre-Michel Lasogga confirmed as first-choice striker and Ings, a big name with Championship pedigree, would surely have pushed him down to third in the pecking order.