According to a recent report from The Daily Express, it seems unlikely that Rangers will be able to do a deal for Dominic Solanke this summer. The Liverpool striker has been on the peripheries of the first team at Anfield since his move there 12 months ago and as such has been linked with a move away this summer, with Steven Gerrard’s Gers one side reportedly keen on the 20-year-old.
However, reports suggest that the one-time England international is not on Jurgen Klopp’s list of possible departures this summer, which is why Gerrard’s Rangers must turn their attentions towards his compatriot and Reds teammate Danny Ings in a bid to boost their striking ranks.
Ultimately, Rangers made it through to the second qualifying round of the Europa League last week with a 2-0 aggregate success over Shkupi, although manager Gerrard was somewhat frustrated that his forward players didn’t get on the scoresheet.
In fact, the Light Blues boss even admitted that he may have to delve into the transfer window if the likes of Alfredo Morelos and Josh Windass don’t prove their worth in the early phase of the campaign, which is likely why interest mounted in Solanke.
However, with a deal for the 20-year-old seemingly unlikely this summer, Gerrard must seek to land his Liverpool teammate Ings, who appears to be one man who will be allowed to leave Anfield.
The 25-year-old has struggled with injury ever since making the move to Liverpool back in 2015, with the Englishman mustering just 25 senior appearances for the Reds in the last three years.
And with the front three of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, and Mohamed Salah producing the goods for the Merseysiders, first team football is unlikely for Ings at Anfield, hence he has reportedly been made available for transfer this summer.
Yet one mustn’t forget that the one-time England international earned a move to Liverpool as a result of netting 11 goals in 35 Premier League games for Burnley in the 2014/15 season, so the striker clearly has pedigree in front of goal at top-flight level, and as such would certainly be an asset to Gerrard and his Rangers side this term.
Whether Rangers are able to financially bring Ings to Ibrox remains to be seen, but the increased likelihood of first team football alongside the chance to work with Gerrard may well be of keen interest to the 25-year-old, as he bids to get his career going again.
Thus, with a move for Solanke unlikely, Rangers must turn their attentions to fellow Englishman Ings in pursuit of much-needed striking reinforcements.
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