Danny Ings has been linked with a transfer to Tottenham and is thought to be holding off on committing his future to Southampton as he seeks to return to a club in the Champions League at the end of the season.
Ings has found his feet at Southampton following three injury plagued years at Liverpool and scored 22 Premier League goals last season. He has netted another seven in the league so far in 2020/21 as the club looks to achieve a first top half finish since 2016/17.
But Ings’ form hasn’t gone unnoticed and at 28 he is seemingly aware that his chance to play at an elite level like in the Champions League, ultimately making up for what injury prevented him from doing at Liverpool, could be now or never.
Eurosport writes that Spurs are keeping an eye on Ings and his situation ahead of a possible approach in summer. He is described as an ‘ideal new option’ in attack and Spurs could go back in for him after initially showing interest last summer.
Ings wasn’t looking to move at that time and Spurs had to settle for taking Carlos Vinicius on loan instead. Now, however, he appears to be considering his future.
It is said that Ings is ‘stalling’ on signing a new Southampton contract beyond his current deal that runs until the end of next season. Should he resist putting pen to paper, there would be just one year left on that contract by the summer and the Saints may have to consider selling.
The Daily Telegraph adds weight, suggesting that Ings wants to make sure he gives himself the best chance of a big move should the opportunity come his way. Tying himself into a new contract with Southampton could potentially price him out of a transfer.
It is said that Southampton will not agree to a new contract containing a release clause, limiting what they could pocket from a possible sale, and would prefer to take their chances in the open market next summer if Ings is intent on a fresh challenge.
Playing in the Champions League is important to him, having only had the chance to play a handful of times in the competition before he left Liverpool in 2018.