Liverpool after unorthodox summer strike signing

Liverpool are already closing in on a summer swoop for Burnley’s Danny Ings, with the club looking to use a loophole in Premier League rules to land the striker on a pre-contract deal, according to reports from the Daily Mail.

The 22-year-old Clarets ace was the subject of much talk as the transfer window slammed shut yesterday, with rumours having indicated that he’d agreed a pre-contract deal with David Moyes’ Real Sociedad.

These claims were later proven to be untrue, but Ings’ future remains up in the air with just under six months left to run on his current contract.

Liverpool had been linked with a move to sign the forward and loan him back to Burnley, but after such a deal was scrapped they then tabled a £4m bid, which was knocked back by Turf Moor chiefs.

The newly promoted side are believed to be keen to keep their main man as they plot to stay clear of relegation, and with his presence guaranteed for the remainder of the campaign there is the chance of a deal being agreed ahead of the summer window.

Liverpool are thought to be exploring this, and are keen to settle an agreement and pay a compensation fee of around £3m.

As long as the Premier League accept the proposal, as they did with Chris Smalling’s move to Man United in 2010, they are allowed to sign player outside of the window, and could seal a deal for June.