Burnley striker Danny Ings is 1/2 to be a Liverpool player by the end of the next transfer window, having rebuffed the advances of Tottenham Hotspur.
Sky Sports had suggested that Spurs were willing to bid £12m now in an attempt to gazump potential buyers hoping to sign the England Under-21 star at a bargain price when his contract expires on June 30th.
However, the Evening Standard’s Sam Wallace understands Ings to have told the Lilywhites that his preference is to move to Anfield.
Liverpool have regularly signed up strikers with Premier League pedigree down the years, but the results of those unions should be enough to have the Burnley man hurriedly hosing down the burning bridge between himself and White Hart Lane.
In stark contrast to the signings of English top-flight virgins like Luis Suarez and Fernando Torres; Robbie Keane, Peter Crouch, Craig Bellamy, Andy Carroll, Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli have all been underwhelming at best.
Of the previously Premier League-schooled quartet to have already left the club only Crouch managed more than one completed season, while the Premier League record holder for headed goals was also the only man to muster more than seven goals in a term.
It’s unlikely that resident domestic top- flight-proven number nines Lambert or Balotelli will usurp the beanpole frontman’s totals either.
The sole exception to the rule that comes to mind is Daniel Sturridge, who spent much of his first season and a half oozing class, albeit immensely one-footedly.
However, the exception-to-the-rule hitman’s fitness dissolved like an alka seltzer on contact with the water of the post-Suarez world and he has yet to prove he was not simply being flattered by his proximity to the unstoppable Uruguayan.
The chain of Premier League savvy strikers who have failed to shine at Liverpool could be a coincidence, but at six and counting it can hardly fill Ings with confidence…and we didn’t even mention Emile Heskey.