It is no secret that Tottenham Hotspur are looking for a new striker. Harry Kane’s injury at the start of the year was a reality check to Spurs, who have no natural replacement for their star number nine in their squad.
Jose Mourinho admitted last week that he needs a new striker, and the Spurs boss seemed confident that he will get one before the transfer window ends in October (Goal).
Tottenham have been linked with a number of strikers across Europe over the last few months. One player who Mourinho was reportedly keen to bring was Southampton’s Danny Ings (Football London).
The Englishman had an excellent season in the Premier League last term. Ings scored 25 goals in all competitions last season, and it is no surprise that a bigger club considered a move for him this summer.
However, Ralph Hasenhuttl addressed the rumours in his pre-match press conference and, if his words are anything to go by, Ings is going nowhere in this transfer window.
‘Absolute nonsense’, says Hasenhuttl
He told the Daily Echo: “I don’t know how often I spoke last season about Danny Ings and how important he is for our club. The only thing I want to say about these rumours is there is absolutely zero interest from Danny to go anywhere. He is 100 per cent happy to be here.
“For us it is 100 per cent not discussable that we lose one of the best strikers and best players in Europe. Any rumours about that are absolute nonsense and I think hopefully this is the last time we speak about this. You know how much he likes to be here. He loves what we do here, he loves to play for us and the team loves to play for him.”
Ings would have certainly been a solid signing for Tottenham but the move made very little sense to him. The Englishman would not have been the first-choice ahead of Kane and, considering that Mourinho favours a single striker formation, he would have found himself on the bench.
It will be interesting to see if Spurs sign a new striker now that Gareth Bale will reportedly return (Sky Sports). The Welshman can also play up front when required, which could potentially end Tottenham’s search for a new number nine.