An update has emerged on Southampton forward Danny Ings, regarding Tottenham’s interest in his services.
According to The Athletic, Tottenham are one of three Premier League clubs showing an interest in Southampton centre-forward Danny Ings. The attacker has opted against signing a new contract at the south coast club in hope that a big club will make a move for him, with Aston Villa, West Ham and Spurs all said to be in the running.
The report, however, claims that Ings is eyeing up a Champions League club, with Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea all qualified for Europe’s premier competition next season.
Daniel Levy could land a dream deal by bringing Ings to the club this summer following this latest update. He is out of contract next summer and is seemingly keen on a move from St. Mary’s and although it remains to be seen if he sees Tottenham as a viable option, Levy could use that to his advantage.
Whilst Southampton would not allow him to leave on the cheap, it could be a far less expensive deal than if he had a few years left on his contract.
The England international could be a much-needed addition to Nuno Santo’s squad. After Gareth Bale’s departure, Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane are the only players in Santo’s roster who scored more than three times in the Premier League last season. This suggests that the Portuguese boss is in dire need of players who know how to find the back of the net.
Clinton Morrison once compared Ings to former Tottenham striker Robbie Keane and said that the Saints star has the same “first-class” movement as the ex-Spurs man, making him capable of playing for a top-four club.
“Yes, I would say Danny Ings is top-four quality, most definitely. The season he’s had at Southampton, if you put him in one of the teams at the top four, he’d easily score goals like that.”
“I used to play with a striker who used to play like Danny Ings – Robbie Keane.
“I look at the way Ings plays at the moment, his movement is first class and I used to say to Robbie Keane, ‘how do you get in behind defenders when you’re not rapid?’ His movement was first-class and Danny Ings is like that.”
This is some comparison by Morrison given what Keane achieved at White Hart Lane. The Irish centre-forward scored an incredible 122 goals in 305 games for Spurs, whilst also providing 25 assists for his teammates. Keane managed double figures for goals in six separate Premier League campaigns for the club, highlighting his quality as a goalscorer during his time in North London.
Ings, meanwhile, has hit double figures in three of his four full seasons in the top-flight. He plundered 12 in the season just gone for the Saints, having been a goal machine the previous year with 22 Premier League goals to his name in the 2019/20 campaign.
This suggests that he could have the goalscoring knack Keane had at Spurs and, therefore, he could be Robbie Keane 2.0 if Levy brings him to the club. Spurs need another forward to ease the burden on Kane, or perhaps even to replace him. Ings is the ideal man fo them.