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With Vestergaard close, Hughes must now add Danny Ings to his Southampton rebuild

According to a report from The Daily Echo, Southampton are closing in on the signing of Denmark defender Jannik Vestergaard. The 25-year-old has been at German outfit Borussia Monchengladbach in the last two years and has earned many rave reviews for his efforts in the Bundesliga, reportedly prompting Mark Hughes’ Saints to spend £18 million to lure him to St Mary’s this summer. 

And with a deal seemingly close for the Dane, Hughes must now seek to complete Southampton’s summer business with a move for £7.2 million-rated Danny Ings (as per Transfermarkt).

The Breakdown

Ultimately, the ex-Stoke City and Wales chief has been busy this summer in rebuilding his squad ahead of the new Premier League season, what with Stuart Armstrong arriving from Celtic to strengthen the central midfield ranks, while the addition of highly-rated attacker Mohamed Elyounoussi will go some way to reinforcing the forward department.

And with Vestergaard on the verge of moving to St Mary’s, likely as a replacement for Virgil van Dijk who left in January, Hughes can now turn his attentions to completing his summer by making a move for a much-needed striker.

The Saints seriously struggled going forward last season in netting just 37 goals in their 38 Premier League matches, with Charlie Austin, who missed much of the season through injury, finishing as the joint highest goal-scorer, alongside Dusan Tadic, with only seven goals.

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And with the likes of Shane Long, Guido Carrillo, and Manolo Gabbiadini failing to consistently produce the goods, it’s absolutely imperative that Hughes brings a striker in this summer. And Ings should be the one he targets.

The 25-year-old may well have struggled with injury throughout his time at Liverpool, but the one-time England international earned a move to Anfield as a result of netting 11 goals in 35 games for Burnley in the 2014/15 campaign, although it wasn’t enough to keep them in the Premier League.

Nonetheless, it’s clear from that spell, alongside the glimpses he has shown during his testing time at Liverpool, that the Englishman has genuine pedigree in the final third of the pitch at Premier League level, and with the Reds forward ranks well stocked, he’s unlikely to get the chance to regularly prove his worth at Anfield.

Yet with the Saints struggling greatly in that department, alongside Ings’ reported desire to leave Liverpool, Hughes must seek to complete his excellent summer business at Southampton by luring the 25-year-old to the South Coast.

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