Southampton had a very busy week in the transfer window after signing both Stuart Armstrong and Mohamed Elyounoussi in the closing days of June. And manager Mark Hughes doesn’t look to be finished there with Liverpool striker Danny Ings rumoured to be the next possible arrival at St. Mary’s. Football.London reports that as well as Southampton, the 25-year-old is attracting interest from Crystal Palace and Burnley. Although the Saints need to be the most cautious of the lot.
It’s no surprise that Hughes is looking to bring in a new centre-forward to St. Mary’s this summer. Southampton’s record signing Guido Carrillo failed to score a single goal after joining from Monaco in January, while Manolo Gabbiadini and Shane Long were almost just as poor when it came to hitting the back of the net.
Charlie Austin, meanwhile, struggles to stay fit meaning all in all, Hughes options up front aren’t the most reliable.
With that in mind, there’s logic behind trying to sign £7.2m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Ings. The Liverpool frontman would come at a cheap price and his 11 Premier League goals for Burnley in the 2014/15 season shows his capability in front of goal even at a team that defends deep and doesn’t create a lot of chances.
But due to a couple of serious knee injuries, Ings was never able to cement a spot in Liverpool’s starting XI, something Southampton should be extremely wary about.
The Saints already have Austin on their books – a player with an injury track record – so the last thing the club needs is another striker who’s going to miss chunks of the season.
If Ings can stay fit, he could be a very good acquisition for Southampton. However, the centre-forward’s recent knee injuries make any potential transfer a huge gamble.