In Focus: Newcastle and Danny Ings could prove to be a great combination

According to reports in the Northern Echo, Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez is interested in bringing Liverpool striker Danny Ings to St James’ Park as he looks to add to his attacking options during the January transfer window.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Northern Echo has been discussing potential targets the Tyneside outfit could pursue in the New Year, and while they have sent scouts to watch Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun in action for Turkey, Benitez is also keen on Ings.

The Northern Echo says that the Spanish boss investigated the possibility of bringing the 25-year-old to St James’ Park on loan during the summer, but for whatever reason a move failed to materialise.

However, with the attacker suffering two serious injuries in his two seasons with the Merseyside club and looking to be out of favour under Jurgen Klopp this term, he could be allowed to leave during the January window.

How has Ings done this season?

Klopp certainly won’t want to rush the striker back following two serious injuries, but the fact that he has played just 17 minutes of first team football in the EFL Cup this term would suggest that he isn’t in the German boss’ plans right now.

The former Burnley man finds himself behind the likes of Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Sadio Mane in the pecking order for the centre-forward role, and if he wants regular playing time he will realistically know that he has to move on.

Why would Newcastle want him?

While his injury problems will be a big concern and have limited him to just 12 appearances for Liverpool in just over two seasons, the 25-year-old showed just how effective he can be during his time with Burnley.

The striker scored 21 goals in 40 Championship matches to help the Clarets win promotion to the Premier League in 2014, before he scored 11 goals in 35 top flight appearances for Sean Dyche’s men the following season.

Quick and perfectly suited to playing a high-pressing style of football, Ings has shown that he is one of those nuisance attackers but he also has the finishing ability to go with it.

Providing his injury issues are behind him, he could be a key January signing for Newcastle as they look to avoid being involved in a relegation battle.