Liverpool confirmed on Monday that Burnley striker Danny Ings has agreed personal terms to join them.
Ings, 22, is out of contract in July and subject to passing a medical will join Brendan Rodgers’ side as his meteoric rise continues.
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As Ings is under the age of 24 and is moving to another English team, Burnley will be due compensation from Liverpool if the two clubs cannot agree a fee. Burnley have stated that they are yet to agree a transfer fee with Liverpool and if that continues to be the case then a compensation fee will be set by an independent tribunal.
Ings scored 11 times for the Clarets last season but couldn’t keep the Lancashire outfit in the Premier League as they were relegated at the first time of asking following their promotion to the big time for the 2014-15 season.
The England U-21 international, who will represent his country at the European Championships this summer in the Czech Republic alongside Harry Kane, was a wanted man as other PL team such as Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton and Newcastle, plus Real Sociedad in Spain, were eager to secure his services. Ings moved to Burnley for $1.5 million four years ago from Bournemouth and has scored 43 times in 130 appearances for the Clarets. Burnley should expect upwards of $8 million in compensation from Liverpool for Ings’ services after he turned down a new deal.
Ings’ imminent arrival at Anfield suggests a shift in transfer policy by Rodgers and Liverpool’s executives. The Reds snapped up England international James Milner on a free transfer from Manchester City last week and the arrival of Ings suggests a more prudent summer of spending will occur at Anfield after $150 million was spent on new players last summer after the $128 million departure of Luis Suarez.
Being able to snap up Milner and Ings on a free transfers is impressive but will those two propel Liverpool back into the top four this season? With their experience of playing in the PL both Milner and Ings seem to be safer transfers than those made last summer as gambling on expensive foreign youngsters saw the Reds finish in sixth amid a season of struggle domestically and in Europe.
Ings’ arrival will likely mean the end for Rickie Lambert, Mario Balotelli or Fabio Borini at Anfield as those three combined to score just three PL goals between them last season.