Report: Newcastle identify Liverpool's Danny Ings as affordable contingency plan

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Newcastle United at Bet365 Stadium on January 1, 2018 in Stoke on Trent, England.

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has reportedly wanted to sign Danny Ings for a while and Liverpool could sell.

Danny Ings of Liverpool (R) celebrates with team mates Alberto Moreno and Philippe Coutinho as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and...

Rafa Benitez is once again allegedly interested in bringing Danny Ings to St James’ Park.

The Northern Echo claimed back in the Autumn that the Newcastle boss wanted to sign the one-time England striker in January after failing to sign him on loan in the summeronly for Ings to reject a move to Tyneside in order to fight for his place at Anfield.

But having seemingly accepted that his career at Liverpool is all but over, it seems Ings is now more likely than ever to bid farewell to Merseyside, which should give Newcastle hope of finally striking a deal.

The Chronicle points out that a new centre forward is a priority for Benitez this summer. Alassane Plea is his number one target but Nice’s £27 million-rated striker is a target for a number of clubs and also appears to be beyond the Magpies’ budget.

Dnny Ings of Liverpool warms up prior to the Premier League 2 match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at The Lamex Stadium on February 5, 2018 in Stevenage, England.

Old-school targetman Salomon Rondon and Nicolai Jorgensen are also on Benitez’s radar but would not come cheap so the report claims that Benitez has put together a contingency plan – one that involves Ings.

The Telegraph claimed recently that Liverpool could allow Ings to leave on the cheap in order to make it easier for him to find a new club and this would suit Newcastle perfectly given their lack of funds.

Danny Ings of Liverpool speaks to Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool as he comes off the banch during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on December 10, 2017...

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