Southamp­ton to re­ject Mour­inho move for Ings

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Football - Ex­clu­sive By Jeremy Wil­son

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.

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