According to reports in the Birmingham Mail, Newcastle United could face competition from West Bromwich Albion and former manager Alan Pardew in their bid to sign Liverpool striker Danny Ings on loan during the January transfer window.
The Birmingham Mail says that the 56-year-old was keen on Ings during his time at the helm at St James’ Park, and he could rekindle his interest in the New Year as he looks to boost the goal threat of a team that has scored just 12 goals in 14 Premier League matches this term.
Following two horrific long-term injuries since he joined Liverpool from Burnley in 2015, the 25-year-old is finally available for selection again.
However, the form of the likes of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane mean that he has failed to make a single Premier League matchday squad this term, and he has been restricted to just 17 minutes as a substitute in the Carabao Cup.
It seems so, but it is unclear whether Jurgen Klopp will allow the forward to go out on loan or perhaps even permanently given his lack of game time.
With Joselu struggling for goals, Dwight Gayle seemingly not fancied to play up top on his own in Rafa Benitez’s preferred 4-2-3-1 formation and with Aleksandar Mitrovic out of favour, the Magpies certainly need to add to their frontline during the January transfer window.
While bringing Ings to St James’ Park would certainly be a risk considering his injury issues over the past couple of years, the fact that he scored 11 goals in 35 top flight appearances for Burnley in his first season at this level will have impressed Benitez.
It’s difficult to say.
Newcastle will certainly hope that Benitez’s affiliation with Liverpool would mean that they would win the race to sign Ings, and the St James’ Park faithful certainly wouldn’t want to lose out on a transfer target to Pardew.