Burn­ley hope Ings fee will set record

The Daily Telegraph - Total Football - - TOTAL FOOTBALL PREMIER LEAGUE - By Chris Bas­combe

Liver­pool will fi­nally dis­cover this week how much they must pay Burn­ley for last sum­mer’s sign­ing of Danny Ings.

The tri­bunal to de­ter­mine the fee for the striker will be held by the Premier League and Pro­fes­sional Foot­ball Com­pen­sa­tion Com­mit­tee to­mor­row at a venue in Manch­ester. Liver­pool chief ex­ec­u­tive Ian Ayre will rep­re­sent the Mersey­side club.

The Premier League had hoped Liver­pool and Burn­ley would reach agree­ment to avoid ad­ju­di­ca­tion but, such are the dif­fer­ences in their re­spec­tive val­u­a­tion of the 23-yearold, a hear­ing be­came in­evitable.

Ings moved to Liver­pool un­der the terms of the Bos­man rul­ing last sum­mer, his con­tract hav­ing ex­pired at Turf Moor. How­ever, as he was then aged un­der 23, Burn­ley are en­ti­tled to com­pen­sa­tion given their de­vel­op­ment of the player since his £1 mil­lion move from Bournemouth in 2011.

Liver­pool of­fered around £4 mil­lion for Ings upon com­plet­ing the deal. But in the weeks prior to Ings’s con­tract ex­pir­ing, the Lan­cashire club in­di­cated that they re­jected a £12 mil­lion of­fer from Tot­ten­ham.

Burn­ley’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, Dave Baldwin, has sug­gested he ex­pects the fee to break records for such an ad­ju­di­ca­tion. “This tri­bunal claim will be the big­gest in his­tory,” Baldwin said, adding that the club have “an ex­tremely ro­bust case”.

Ings won his first Eng­land cap on mov­ing to Liver­pool but suf­fered a cru­ci­ate knee lig­a­ment in­jury which has pre­vented him show­ing his po­ten­tial. How­ever, nei­ther of th­ese fac­tors should in­flu­ence the five-man panel who will set a fee based on Ings’s value last sum­mer.

The record award by such a tri­bunal was over the 2009 trans­fer of Daniel Stur­ridge from Manch­ester City to Chelsea. In his case, Chelsea were or­dered to pay an ini­tial £3.5 mil­lion, with fur­ther £500,000 in­stal­ments linked to fu­ture first­team ap­pear­ances. Chelsea were also li­able for an­other £1 mil­lion when Stur­ridge made his Eng­land de­but and City re­ceived 15 per cent of the £12 mil­lion trans­fer when Stur­ridge moved to Liver­pool in Jan­uary 2013, which amounted to £1.8 mil­lion.

The to­tal value of the deal to City, as set by tri­bunal, ended up at £8.3 mil­lion. Burn­ley clearly hope to ex­ceed this award in the case of Ings.

Tri­bunal de­ci­sion: Since his ar­rival at Liver­pool, Danny Ings has made his Eng­land de­but but a cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment has limited his progress

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