Wednesday morning sees reports of Newcastle interest in Danny Ings.
Newcastle were regularly linked (along with many other clubs) with the striker when he was at Burnley.
More than a year out from the end of his contract, Danny Ings made clear he wasn’t going to sign another one, leading to plenty of clubs looking at him as a potential bargain.
Having scored 20 goals as a 21 year old to help lead Burnley to promotion, Ings then scored a very decent 11 goals in his first Premier League season, whilst playing for a struggling team.
Burnley went down in 19th place and they only scored a total of 28 goals.
From a collection of suitors, Danny Ings chose Liverpool, who still had to pay compensation due to the player’s age. A tribunal setting the fee at £6.5m with £1.5m when hitting certain appearance targets, extra cash that Burnley look unlikely to collect…
In over two years at Anfield, Ings has only started three Premier League matches as knee injury problems have ruined his time there so far.
Now fully fit and having played a number of times for Liverpool reserves, the striker finds that time has moved on and competition is fiercer than ever to play up front for the scousers, even getting on the bench is unlikely. Ings was given 17 minutes as a sub against Leicester in the 2-0 League Cup defeat, when Klopp played a weakened team.
Inevitably clubs are being linked with the striker now he is back to full fitness and at aged 23 now, he still has plenty of time to get his career back on track.
According to the Express, Newcastle want to take Danny Ings on loan but with widespread reports that Liverpool want to shift the striker off their books permanently, the newspaper says NUFC are prepared to buy Ings in January if that is what it takes to land him.
Whilst buying a player who has had such serious injury problems and is yet to prove himself back in first team football, would sound a leap of faith.
In the past, Mike Ashley has shown his gambling side in similar scenarios with players who have an injury cloud over them.
Sylvain Marveaux was one who disastrously didn’t work out, Demba Ba was a big success despite having reported knee problems of his own when Newcastle picked him up on a free (excluding agent fees…) from West Ham, whilst Hatem Ben Arfa was signed permanently when still recovering from the horror double leg break.
So never say never. Much will of course depend on his budget, when determining what players, if any, Rafa Benitez can aim for in January – but surely Danny Ings would fall within Newcastle’s price bracket if the manager fancies him.