Former Premier League striker Marlon Harewood described the rumours surrounding Danny Ings’ future at Southampton as “strange” in an exclusive interview with Football FanCast.
Ings’ £75,000-a-week contract is up next summer and, according to The Telegraph, the England forward is not looking to put pen to paper on a new one, as he aims to return to a Champions League level club.
Ings initially joined Southampton from 2018/19 Champions League winners Liverpool back in 2018 and has made success of his transfer down south. While he was only able to score seven league goals during that first season at St. Mary’s, the 28-year-old managed to find the back of the net an impressive 22 times the following campaign, making it no surprise that he is now attracting interest from other clubs.
Harewood, however, is not sold on the idea of Ings leaving a place where he has been thriving, also believing he owes the Saints after they helped him get his career back on track. Speaking on the speculation, the ex-West Ham striker told FFC:
“It’s a strange one really. Obviously it’s about what he wants to achieve. Are you happy or are you not happy? You’re playing week in, week out and you’re doing really well, so I don’t understand why he’s saying that.
“If there are clubs coming in for him, then fair play to him. But, at the same time, you have to show respect to Southampton, that they’ve literally brought you in from Liverpool to try and make you excel because you haven’t been playing that much.”
While Ralph Hasenhuttl and Southampton will be desperate to keep hold of their top scorer from last season, the club may be forced into making a decision in the summer, with Ings’ contract, of course, running down.