Simon Jordan was left annoyed on talkSPORT after being told that reported Tottenham target Danny Ings is stumbling over a new contract because he wants a lower release clause inserted into his contract.
TalkSport journalist Alex Crook has reported that Southampton want to put a £40 million release clause in Ings’ contract amid the interest from Spurs.
But it seems as though both parties are at a disagreement even though the England international has agreed on personal terms with his boyhood club.
Former Crystal Palace owner Jordan made it clear that Southampton cannot ‘bend over’ and let clubs like Spurs rock up and take him for ‘£15-20 million’.
On being told that Southampton want a £40 million release clause: “Well, what the hell is wrong with that?!” asked Jordan. “He will instruct his agent to do the right thing then.
On Ings wanting a smaller release clause so clubs like Tottenham are able to sign him: “Well, that’s not fair, is it? It’s not a one-way transaction.
“You don’t just bend over and let Spurs take him because Spurs are a bigger football club. Too much of that goes on. That’s not fair.
“He’s is going to be Southampton’s highest-paid player. But you cannot bend over and let the Spurs of the world rock in and take him for £15-20 million because that’s the leverage they have got. It’s got to be fair.”
Ings will be turning 29 in the summer and he is at a stage in his career where he can perhaps compete with the best in the Champions League.
He tried that before with Liverpool, but injuries wrecked his time at Anfield, but he clearly wants another stab at it.
But given his injury record and age. Would a club want to put £40 million on the table for Ings knowing that there is no sell-on value? Because, on the other side, he would more than certainly do the job for whoever he signs for.