Manchester United have reportedly muscled their way to the front of the queue in the battle to sign Burnley ace Danny Ings.
With the England Under-21 striker out of contract in the summer, plenty of Premier League heavy hitters have taken an interest in the Clarets star’s services, while there is even admiring glances being made from foreign shores.
David Moyes wants to sign the Southampton academy reject for his Real Sociedad outfit, though the opportunity for a San Sebastian switch looks bleak with Liverpool and Tottenham also believed to be mad keen.
In accordance with FA regulations, a compensation settlement must be agreed for an out of contract player aged under 24, so he wouldn’t be a freebie as is the norm for those whose deals are due to expire.
But this fee is believed to be around £5m, which would be something of a saving were he tied down to the Lancashire club long term.
After scoring nine and assisting four in his maiden Premier League campaign, investing such a sum of money in Ings is a no-brainer.
Such is the certainty that he won’t be at the club next season, bwin.com go as beefy as 7/1 that he’s on the Burnley payroll next season, but he’s not the only asset worth raiding Turf Moor for should the Clarets slip through the top-tier trapdoor.
Here are three more who should appeal to fatter Premier League felines.
The 24-year-old has been linked with a move to Arsenal in the past and has established himself as a capable performer at the highest domestic level this term.
Astute in possession, he averages 1.6 key passes per match and has laid on four assists for Clarets colleagues.
His adventurousness will see him fare well in any side who like their full-backs to attack, with no player attempting more than his 281 crosses this season, almost 30 more than current silver medallist Stewart Downing.
The Scottish international inexplicably didn’t make the grade at Hull, but this season has confirmed his status as a reliable tool in the battle to beat relegation.
He has played all but three of Burnley’s Premier League games so far, scoring five and assisting two more.
At a reasonable price, he may well be worth a punt for one of next season’s promoted teams.
A defender operating on the opposite flank to Trippier, Mee doesn’t possess the same attacking inclinations as his starboard-side counterpart, but he’s a solid rearguard marshal.
Well-rounded in all of the statistical departments those holding the backline should be, the 25-year-old wins an average of 2.6 aerial duels, 2.1 interceptions and two tackles per match.
These are augmented with 5.8 clearances per outing, while his two goals and one assist will come in handy too.