According to a recent report from The Sun, Southampton have launched a bid to bring Danny Ings back to the club. The 25-year-old has struggled with injury ever since making his move to Liverpool back in the summer of 2015, to the point that he has mustered just 25 first team appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s men in the last three years.
And with Mark Hughes’ Saints having reportedly made a move for the £7.2 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt), the addition of the one-time England international would complete an excellent summer of business at the South Coast outfit.
Ultimately, the Saints were in dire need of reinforcements during the close season given they narrowly avoided relegation from the Premier League, this all despite four successive top ten finishes prior to last term.
Thus, it was evident that things needed shaking up at Southampton if they are to re-establish themselves as a top half side this time round, and former Stoke City boss Hughes has certainly gone about it in the right way in making key additions to areas of the squad in need of strengthening.
The hugely talented Mohamed Elyounoussi has arrived in a bid to reinforce the flagging attacking ranks at St Mary’s while Angus Gunn will provide Alex McCarthy with genuine competition in the goalkeeper department – Jannik Vestergaard’s move will also go some way to filling the void left by Virgil van Dijk’s departure back in January.
Add in midfielder Stuart Armstrong, and Hughes’ side have done exactly what they needed to do during the summer so far – the only thing missing is a striker that will put the ball in the back of the net.
And that is why luring Ings away from Liverpool would complete an excellent summer of business.
The 25-year-old may have struggled with injury in the last few years, but one mustn’t forget that he earned a move to Anfield off the back of netting 11 goals in 35 Premier League games for Burnley back in the 2014/15 season, form which earned him his one and only England cap to date.
Thus, it’s clear that the Englishman has genuine pedigree at top-flight level and could do the job required in leading the line for the Saints, with it significant to note that, despite their goal-scoring woes last term, the South Coast outfit actually created the eighth most chances of any side in the Premier League (322).
As such, it’s clear that the striking department needs improving at St Mary’s, and given the business already conducted by Hughes in his bid to strengthen other areas of the squad, a deal to bring Ings to Southampton would complete an excellent summer of business.
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