Surely Danny Ings link is dead for Leeds United

Danny Ings of Liverpool is seen prior to the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Play-Offs round second leg match between Liverpool FC and 1899 Hoffenheim at Anfield on August 23, 2017 in...

Leeds United were linked with Danny Ings earlier this season.

Danny Ings of Burnley gives the thunbs up after the Barclays Premier League match between Burnley and Stoke City at Turf Moor on May 16, 2015 in Burnley, England.

The Guardian reported on Wednesday that there are as many as four Premier League clubs preparing loan moves for Liverpool hitman Danny Ings, which can't be good news for Leeds United.

The Football Whispers section of ESPN reported in October that Leeds were interested in bringing the 25-year-old striker to Elland Road on loan next month.

It seemed relatively improbable at the time, but perhaps even more so now after The Guardian claimed that the likes of West Ham, Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Stoke have joined the race.

Danny Ings of Burnley celebrates following the Sky Bet Championship match between Burnley and Wigan Athletic at Turf Moor on April 21, 2014 in Burnley, England.

Signing the former Burnley man would have been a fantastic move, having fired 21 Championship goals in 40 games during the 2013-14 campaign, but there is no reason for him to drop down a division if other top-flight deals are on the table for him and perhaps it's time that the Whites' Director of Football Victor Orta moves on to other targets - if he hasn't already.

Ings or not, Leeds still probably need a striker next month.

Danny Ings (L) and Kieran Trippier of Burnley applaud fans after the Barclays Premier League match between Burnley and Stoke City at Turf Moor on May 16, 2015 in Burnley, England.

Caleb Ekuban has started the past two Championship games and although he brings lot of hard work and enthusiasm, he hasn't been bringing the goals as of yet.

Pierre-Michel Lasogga, who has five goals and three assists in 10 league outings, should return from illness shortly, but it seems unlikely that United are going to reach the Premier League come May with a rather inconsistent figure like the Hamburg loanee spearheading the attack every week.

Thomas Christiansen's side are eighth in the Championship, five points off the top six.

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