Danny Ings backed to stay put at Southampton amidst Tottenham Hotspur interest
Speaking to BBC Radio Solent via Hampshire Live (h/t Liverpool Echo), Southampton chief executive Martin Semmens has revealed that star striker Danny Ings is happy at the club amidst interest from Tottenham Hotspur.
The 28-year-old spent four injury-plagued seasons at Liverpool before moving to Southampton in the summer of 2018, initially on loan, before making the move permanent in 2019.
He has since thrived on the South Coast and has been prolific for the Saints. He has so far scored seven goals and three assists in just 15 appearances this season for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.(h/t Transfermarkt)
It was revealed recently the player is keen to leave St Mary’s next summer in search of Champions League football. Former side Liverpool, too, have been touted as a potential destination.
With his contract set to expire in 2022 and negotiations over a new deal not progressing as expected, the possibility of him leaving the club in the near future is a possibility. The 28-year-old believes signing a new contract might come in the way of him moving to a bigger club in the future. (h/t The Athletic)
Semmens has, however, addressed the news head-on, insisting that the player is happy at the club and intends to stay put.
“Danny is very happy here, he wants to stay with the club.”
At 28, Ings is in the prime of his career and has rediscovered his scoring touch. While Southampton are a fine side, the chances of them playing in the Champions League or winning trophies is not something written in ink.
“He has a contract with us for 18 months and he will be with us for that time and we will sit down and talk about the future at some time before then.”
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Bringing in Ings will help us strike two birds with one stone. Not only will we get a dependable striker in his prime but Ings will also add to the quota of English players at the club. While Brexit is yet to affect the number of foreign players permitted, there is no reason why it may not in the future.
The player appears to have an excellent relationship with Liverpool and the Reds could prove to be a major competitor should the player become available. It remains to be seen what happens.