Newcastle United reportedly face Danny Ings challenge as Everton join chase

Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St. James Park on October 1, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Liverpool could send Danny Ings on loan in January with Newcastle United challenged by Everton, Crystal Palace, Southampton and Watford.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St. James Park on August 13, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Newcastle United scored more than one goal in a game for only the third time in the Premier League this season but that was still not enough to secure an impressive victory on the South Coast.

Isaac Hayden and Ayoze Perez twice had The Magpies in front away to Southampton but, thanks to a clumsy foul by Florian Lejeune on Shane Long in the hosts’ penalty area, Manolo Gabbiadini ensured the game ended in a 2-2 draw.

As such, Newcastle are sitting in a hugely commendable ninth place with almost a quarter of the season gone. If they want to maintain this early momentum, however, more goals is a must.

Dwight Gayle appears to have lost the trust of manager Rafael Benitez despite netting 23 times in the Championship last season, Joselu will be lucky to hit double figures while Aleksandar Mitrovic (below), arguably Newcastle’s most gifted striker, was left out of the matchday squad against Southampton.

Aleksandar Mitrovic and Rolando Aarons of Newcastle United celebrate after a pre-season friendly match between Bradford City and Newcastle United at Northern Commercials Stadium on July 26,...

With Liverpool considering loaning out Danny Ings in January, according to TEAMtalk, Newcastle should act fast.

Tyneside or Merseyside?

The Shields Gazette reported last week that Benitez wants attacking reinforcements in January and the one-time England international, who hasn’t played a league game in a year-and-a-half due to a serious knee injury, had emerged as a genuine target.

Unsurprisingly, however, Newcastle are not the only club interested in a striker who boasted an impressive goalscoring record at Burnley. TEAMtalk claims that Southampton, Crystal Palace, Watford and, interestingly, Everton are also in the mix.

Danny Ings of Liverpool in action during the EFL Cup Third Round match between Derby County and Liverpool at iPro Stadium on September 20, 2016 in Derby, England.

No player has transferred from Liverpool to Everton since Gary Ablett in 1992 but Ings could be the answer to The Toffees’ prayers. Having scored just five Premier League goals since losing Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, a striker is a must and Ings’ availability could play into their hands.

Newcastle, then, face a real challenge – and it’s a very realistic possibility that Benitez could miss out on another top target.

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