Danny Ings has surfaced as the best offensive attacker on Premier League outfit Burnley FC, as the Englishman has notched seven goals and three assists to lead the team in both categories.
His performances caught the attention of multiple clubs in Europe, including Tottenham and Real Sociedad, but the 22-year-old’s heart was trained on a move to Anfield. The Liverpool Echo reported that the Reds made a $6.03 million (£4 million bid) for the Englishman, but it wasn’t acceptable for Sean Dyche and Burnley.
However, this rejection likely stemmed from Ings’ huge significance to the relegation-threatened squad. Liverpool, recognizing this fact, then made the offer to buy and loan Ings back to Burnley for the remainder of this season.
According to Burnley chief executive Lee Hoose, though, it appears this loan departure would violate a specific transfer rule entitled “V7”.
“This type of move would violate Premier League rule V7 regarding transfers so simply cannot happen,” he said, per BBC Sport.
The rule itself reads as follows: “A temporary transfer to a club may not take place in the transfer window in which the transfer or club acquired the player’s registration.”
Hoos then reiterated that his side has no design to let Ings walk in this January window, which will end in a number of hours.
“Over the course of the window, the player himself, (manager) Sean Dyche and the chairman have made it clear he won’t be going anywhere and we consider that the end of the matter.”
In August 2011, he exited English side Bournemouth for Burnley with a fee of $1.51 million (£ 1 million) His four-year contract will run out at the end of this season, and at that point, Ings may want a switch to a more notable squad if his form stays fairly constant.