According to The Sun, Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho is ‘desperate’ to bring in Southampton striker Danny Ings.
It’s claimed that Spurs made a move for Ings in September 2020, but Southampton refused to strike a deal – so Tottenham brought in Carlos Vinicius on loan from Benfica instead.
Mourinho still wants Ings though, and it’s stated that they could make a move at the end of the season – and that’s more likely if they finish in the top four.
Ings is stalling on a new deal at Southampton, not because he wants more money, but more because he wants to play in the Champions League.
That is unlikely to happen at Southampton even if Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men are impressing this season, and Spurs may just present a better chance of that.
Intriguingly though, The Athletic claim that Southampton are reluctant to do business with Tottenham unless it’s on their terms, meaning a deal for Ings won’t be easy.
Maybe the prolonged talks over Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Kyle Walker-Peters over the summer have left Southampton somewhat scarred, and they’d rather just not do business with Spurs again.
Spurs won’t want to pay over the odds for the 28-year-old, but he is a proven Premier League striker, and Southampton will be demanding a high price this summer – if they want to speak to Spurs at all.