Tottenham should drop Ings interest to pursue Hernandez deal

According to The Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing Liverpool forward Danny Ings in this summer’s transfer window, but the London club should instead be looking at a potential deal for West Ham United’s Javier Hernandez.

What’s the story?

Ings is reportedly keen to leave Liverpool this summer as he looks for first-team football due to his struggles at Anfield.

According to The Mirror, Tottenham are one of a number of clubs interested in the former Burnley forward, with the London club searching for back-up to Harry Kane.

Ings has only made 14 Premier League appearances during an injury-ravaged spell at Liverpool, but he showed his quality at Burnley – netting 11 Premier League goals for the Clarets ahead of a move to Merseyside in the summer of 2015.

Spurs want a new striker this summer to supplement Kane, with Fernando Llorente struggling to make his mark during the 2017-18 campaign.

However, Mauricio Pochettino’s side should instead look closer to home and attempt to poach Hernandez from bitter rivals West Ham.

Could it really happen?

Hernandez was not shy in admitting that he tried to leave West Ham in January after struggling to settle at the London Stadium following a move from Bayer Leverkusen.

It has been suggested that new Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini is desperate to keep hold of the 30-year-old, but anything could happen in this summer’s transfer window.

Hernandez ended last season with eight Premier League goals despite a lack of starts, and there is absolutely no question that he has the ability to thrive when given regular minutes.

It is difficult to imagine West Ham selling to their bitter rivals, but Tottenham might well fancy getting in Hernandez’s ear – leaving the striker to push for a move to White Hart Lane.

Hernandez, who is valued at £13.5m by Transfermarkt, is currently starring for Mexico at the 2018 World Cup, and hit his 50th international goal in their 2-1 win over South Korea at the weekend.

Tottenham need a reliable goalscorer who knows the Premier League, and the capital outfit should make an attempt to poach the former Manchester United striker ahead of the new campaign.