Tottenham Hotspur should revive their interest in Southampton striker Danny Ings after he refused to sign a new deal on the south coast.
According to The Athletic, the 28-year-old has rejected a four-year contract offer from the Saints’ hierarchy after expressing his desire to play at a higher level.
Spurs have been previously been linked to Ings by the same outlet, and the capital club may be tempted to turn their attention back to the diminutive forward following this revelation.
Southampton’s offer would have made Ings the best-paid player in their history, but with just 12 months left to run on his current deal, his time at St. Mary’s appears to be drawing to a close.
After lengthy negotiations with the club’s chiefs, Ings decided to turn down the lucrative terms is now targeting another opportunity to join a side challenging towards the top of the Premier League table, either this summer or next.
His four-year stay at Liverpool was blighted by injuries, robbing him of the chance to prove himself as a top-class striker at Anfield.
However, a move to Southampton has allowed Ings to rebuild his career and now he’s looking to make the step up once again.
He’s been in fine form over the last couple of seasons, scoring 46 goals and getting ten assists in 100 games for Saints, so it’s easy to understand why he wants another shot at a bigger club.
The Saints are reportedly happy for him to see out his contract and depart on a free transfer next year, but news of Ings’ availability should encourage Spurs to make a move for him and if they do, it will surely have the Tottenham fans buzzing.
With Carlos Vinicius returning to Benfica following an underwhelming loan spell in north London and Harry Kane’s future far from secure, the potential arrival of Ings would provide a much-needed boost to Nuno Espirito Santo’s charges.
Adding a proven goalscorer to Spurs’ ranks would be seen as a smart piece of business by chairman Daniel Levy, and it would significantly aid their push for a top-four finish next term, so a capture of Ings would delight the Tottenham faithful.
With Ing’s future very much up in the air, now is the time for Tottenham to make a move for him.
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