Tottenham Hotspur’s attentions have seemingly turned towards finding a new striker to accompany Harry Kane in attack next season, and Danny Ings reportedly sits atop their shortlist.
According to the Telegraph’s Matt Law, newly-appointed head coach Nuno Santo plans to deploy a two-upfront system and desires a proven Premier League goalscorer to lead the line alongside the England talisman.
The £13.5m-rated Southampton star, who has now entered the final year of his current £75k-per-week contract, has been recommended by both Nuno and sporting director Fabio Paratici, whilst chairman Daniel Levy is no stranger to the 28-year-old, having tried to sign him from Burnley in 2015.
It’s thought that the Saints could be forced into a sale this transfer window, otherwise they risk losing a key player for nothing and the report states that he is valued at around £20m.
Despite his advancing years and injury troubles, the Englishman has a very respectable recent record in the big time – as per Transfermarkt, Ings has found the net 34 times across the past two Premier League campaigns, taking his total to 55 in the competition.
The three-time international will turn 29 this month, so there would be question marks over how viable this potential attacking duo is in the long run. However, Spurs have had success in this regard before.
Robbie Keane joined the Lilywhites for his second stint at the very same age and he’s a player that Ings has even been likened to, which only bolsters the reasoning behind splashing the cash on him this summer.
“I used to play with a striker who played exactly like Ings [and that’s] Robbie Keane,” he said. “I look at the way Ings plays and his movement is first class,” claimed Clinton Morrison to talkSPORT last year.
At just 5 foot 10, the Saints talisman offers a vastly different threat to the imposing presence of Kane, so he’d be the perfect foil in a two-pronged attack.
It’s his impressive work rate that sets him apart from many other strikers too.
He’s even been lauded as a “goal machine” and “assist machine” in the past, too.
In the relentless goalscoring workhorse, Paratici and Nuno could well find Spurs’ next Keane and for £20m, that has to be seen as value for money in this current day and age.