'Baffling'; Newcastle United fans fume as Southampton sign Danny Ings

Newcastle fans display a banner during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St. James Park on May 13, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Danny Ings would've been perfect for Newcastle - but Liverpool have instead loaned him to shot-shy Premier League outfit Southampton.

New Southampton FC loan signing Danny Ings at the Staplewood Campus on August 9, 2018 in Southampton, England. Danny Ings joins Southampton FC on a season long loan deal from Liverpool.

So after weeks of speculation linking Danny Ings with almost every club outside the Premier League’s top six, Southampton won the race to sign the Liverpool striker – and they did so without spending a single penny, initially at least.

No wonder Newcastle United fans have, again, been left hugely disappointed.

It is no secret that Rafa Benitez had wanted to bring Ings to St James’ Park for some time. The Sun reported that the Spaniard wanted to sign the former Burnley striker after completing the loan swoop of Salomon Rondon – while Ings was allegedly wanted last January too, according to The Chronicle.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Burnley at St. James Park on January 31, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

It had been claimed that Liverpool wanted £20 million for Ings but, given that he has struggled badly with injuries since moving to Anfield in 2015, it seems that no one wanted to meet that asking price. In the end, Southampton signed the 26-year-old on loan and they have a year to find the £20 million required to make his deal permanent, according to The Telegraph.

Now, Ings might have scored just four league goals in three years but he has the innate poachers ability that would do Newcastle the world of good. And the fans are wondering why they didn't make a move, particularly with plenty of money in the bank from the sale of Aleksander Mitrovic.

This feels like a real missed opportunity – again.

Danny Ings ahead of his first Southampton FC training session at the Staplewood Campus on August 10, 2018 in Southampton, England.

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