Danny Ings: Burnley striker to begin talks with Liverpool, despite Tottenham interest

Striker set to cost Liverpool in region of £5-6m in compensation

Danny Ings will open negotiations over personal terms with Liverpool this week, having now completed the formalities with Burnley that permit him to speak to interested clubs ahead of his imminent contract expiration.

The sought-after free agent has rejected the offer of a new contract from the relegated club, a stipulation in the Premier League rules which automatically allows him to agree a contract with a new club to begin on 1 July. Ings, 22, and his advisers, are expected to conclude a deal with Liverpool some time next week to take effect at the end of his contract with Burnley on 30 June.

Under the Premier League rules governing free agents below the age of 24, a club that loses a player is entitled to a compensation fee from his new club. Liverpool have always been Ings’ first choice and once he has agreed terms with them, discussions on a compensation fee can be finalised between Liverpool and Burnley.

As a formality, the Lancashire club had offered Ings a new contract as per Premier League rule V.17.2 – a “form 30” – although he has long made it clear that he would not be re-signing. Ings’ rejection of the form 30 means Burnley are now entitled to a compensation payment from his new club. Tottenham Hotspur have maintained a dogged interest in Ings, despite him telling the London club he has no interest in joining them,  and reports have emerged that they might pay in excess of £8m for the England Under-21 striker.

 

In reality, Spurs’ interest will have no effect on the compensation Liverpool will eventually be obliged to pay. The likelihood is that it will be between £5m and £6m and if no agreement can be reached then the fee will be set by a tribunal, the Professional Football Compensation Committee. With Ings being Burnley’s greatest asset, there is naturally some anxiety at the club that they realise as much money as possible.

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