Danny Ings prefers a move to Liverpool rather than Tottenham

Ings is available for around £6m in compensation

Sam Wallace
Wednesday 27 May 2015 17:08 BST
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The Burnley striker Danny Ings has made it clear to Tottenham Hotspur that it is his preference to join Liverpool this summer in spite of the London club’s continued attempts to muscle in on the deal.

As The Independent revealed today, Spurs have been persistent in their interest in Ings who is a free agent next month and available for a training compensation fee of around £5-6million. Burnley have been eager to earn as much as possible for the 22-year-old, and it is Spurs who have offered to pay over the odds for the player.

However, it is Ings’ long-standing preference to join Liverpool where he has been a long-term target for manager Brendan Rodgers. It will not be Burnley’s choice which club the player joins, and if a compensation fee cannot be agreed with Liverpool through negotiation then it will have to be set by tribunal.

The Under-21s striker is currently on holiday ahead of the European championships next month and hopes to resolve his situation before Gareth Southgate’s squad travel to the Czech Republic for the tournament. He has attracted interest from a range of clubs, including Manchester United, and further afield in Real Sociedad and Borussia Monchengladbach, but it has always been his first choice to join Liverpool.

It is unclear why Spurs have continued to pursue Ings despite it being made clear to them that the player has established Liverpool as his first choice. Spurs have missed out on Jay Rodriguez, who has signed a new contract at Southampton, and Morgan Schniederlin, who wants to join Arsenal. Spurs are also trying to negotiate a deal for the 24-year-old Burney right-back Kieran Trippier and would like to pay a combined fee for him and Ings.

Burnley have to make an offer of a new contract to Ings in order for them to be entitled to the compensation payment, an offer which is a formality in these cases. The compensation is due for all out of contract players under the age of 24. If it goes to tribunal, that fee is set by the Professional Football Compensation Committee (PFCC).

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