Southampton to reject Mourinho move for Ings
Tottenham Hotspur have made contact with Southampton about Danny Ings, with Jose Mourinho hoping to add the England striker to a forward line of Harry Kane, Gareth Bale and Son Hueng-min.
No firm bid has been made but Southampton are adamant they will not sell their best player during this transfer window.
Ings was the Premier League’s second-highest scorer behind Jamie Vardy last season with 22 goals and regained his place in the England squad. Yet with a deal inching closer for Bale, Mourinho wants to add a pressing energy to his attack and had identified Ings to provide further options and competition alongside Kane.
Ings, 28, has less than two seasons left on his deal. Southampton remain hopeful of persuading him to extend his contract and, although there is the risk of his value going down, they are certain that he will not be sold this summer.
Internally, there is a feeling that Ings is as important individually to the club as Virgil van Dijk, who was eventually sold for £75 million to Liverpool in 2018.
Ings scored 43 per cent of Southampton’s Premier League goals last season and, even allowing for their improvement in the second half of the campaign, the club would have been at serious risk of relegation without him. Their next highestscoring attackers were Che Adams and Nathan Redmond with four.