Danny Ings to Liverpool: Reds may have to pay record £8m tribunal fee to secure free agent

The previous highest compensation fee was £6.5m for Daniel Sturridge

David Hughes
Friday 29 May 2015 12:21 BST
Danny Ings scored 11 Premier League goals for Burnley last season
Danny Ings scored 11 Premier League goals for Burnley last season

Liverpool may have to pay as much as £8 million to sign Danny Ings despite the striker's Burnley contract expiring this summer, according to reports.

The Reds remain favourites to secure the services of the 22-year-old despite Tottenham lining up an eleventh-hour £12 million bid, and had hoped to bring Ings to Anfield for a compensation fee of around £4 million.

However, the Daily Mail reports that the striker, who scored 11 goals despite Burnley finishing 19th in the Premier League, could be subject to a record compensation payment of £8 million.

As Ings is under 24, Burnley are entitled to a development fee if he leaves the club when his contract runs out on June 30 and, if the clubs cannot agree a sum, the fee will be decided by the Professional Football Compensation Committee. The previous highest valuation in such a move was afforded to current Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, whose move from Manchester City to Chelsea in 2010 eventually earned City £6.5m.

Brendan Rodgers is desperate to secure a proven Premier League striker after Liverpool struggled to find the net during their underwhelming campaign.

The club's four recognised forwards - Sturridge, Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini - contributed just eight Premier League goals as the Reds finished sixth.

Christian Benteke has also been strongly linked with a move to Anfield, with Tim Sherwood saying that it would be "impossible" for Aston Villa to stop the Belgian from leaving if his "substantial" release clause - thought to be £32.5 million - is met by Liverpool.

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