Burnley striker and England Under 21 star Danny Ings seems to be a man in demand. He is reportedly no closer to signing a new contract with the Clarets meaning that he could leave the club for free next summer, or as soon as January if Burnley want to receive some money for his services.
Ings, who joined Burnley in 2011 from English Championship side Bournemouth, has been a huge hit with Burnley. His goals inspired the side in their promotion push as they got to the Premier League last season, and his performances saw him win the Championship Player of the Year award in March 2014.
Ings formed a deadly partnership with Wales International Sam Vokes, as the pair netted 41 goals between them for the Lancashire club last season. Although due to Vokes’s injury, the pair’s strike partnership hasn’t taken shape in the Premier League.
Manager Sean Dyche insists Ings is happy at Turf Moor but hasn’t ruled out selling the in demand striker as Burnley would rather receive a transfer fee than get nothing next summer. In an interview with the Lancashire Telegraph Dyche stated:
“I can say at this moment he’s a Burnley player, he wants to be a Burnley player and that’s quite obvious from his goals. Who knows what the future will bring?
“It’s just the reality of the business. He’s enjoying what he’s doing and we’re enjoying having him here,” Dyche said.
English Premier League clubs Newcastle United, Aston Villa, Stoke City, Everton and now Sunderland appear to of joined the race for the Englishman.
And so are Eredivisie champions Ajax, who are regulars in the UEFA Champions League. Director of football, Marc Overmars, is reportedly keen to bring the powerful striker to Amsterdam. The Dutch club could sign him on a pre-contract agreement, as from January 1st Ings can talk to foreign clubs.
But the Clarets would need Ings and his goals to help survive in the Premier League this season. So losing him in January would be a huge loss.
Staying at Burnley until the summer could be a blessing in disguise for Ings even if he is looking for a move away sooner, with the Euro 2015 Under 21 Championship in the Czech Republic taking place. And he could attract more clubs with a solid showing in that competition.
Will Danny Ings stay with Burnley until the end of the season? Where will he move to after Burnley?