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Danny Ings has the ability to thrive at Southampton next season

Danny Ings has the ability to thrive at Southampton next season

Southampton have made positive progress in the transfer market already this summer with the signings of Mohamed Elyounoussi and Jannick Vestergaard contributing to the renewed sense of optimism at the club following a dismal campaign, and recent reports suggest that Mark Hughes could yet make another key acquisition.

According to a recent report from the Liverpool Echo, Southampton are interested in making a bid for Danny Ings this summer, although they face competition from Newcastle United, Crystal Palace and Leicester City for his signature.

The report claims that Ings is eager to depart Liverpool this summer in search of first-team opportunities, with the Reds demanding £20 million for his services.

Ings has spent the vast majority of his three-year spell with Liverpool battling with an unfortunate series of injuries which have served to stagnate his career, just at the moment in which it had threatened to take off.

Ings’ natural poachers instinct and desire to use his technical quality in the final-third made him something of a talent to watch when he broke onto the scene at Burnley back in the 2014/15 campaign – a season in which he scored 11 goals and provided 4 assists, but his subsequent struggle with injury has tarnished his development.

However, Ings has been fit for the entirety of 2018 thus far and it appears that he has finally shaken off his injury problems. Naturally, he is desperately short of match-fitness despite his return from injury, but if he is allowed plenty of time to build up his match-fitness there is no doubt he could become a huge asset for Southampton next season.

The fact that Ings would face competition from Manolo Gabbiadini, Charlie Austin and Shane Long will undoubtedly count against Mark Hughes in his bid to bring Ings to the south coast, but if he is willing to offload at least one of those strikers to make room for the Liverpool outcast, Southampton could be set to welcome their next talisman to the club.

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