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The Football League Paper - - AWFORD - By Neil Fissler

EVER­TON are ready to en­ter the race to land Burn­ley striker Danny Ings this sum­mer.

The Eng­land Un­der-21 in­ter­na­tional has been in­stru­men­tal in the Clarets push for a re­turn to the Pre­mier League with more than 20 goals this sea­son.

Southamp­ton are keen on tak­ing him back to the south coast where he started his ca­reer at AFC Bournemouth be­fore his move to Turf Moor. They would love Ings to re­unite with his for­mer Burn­ley team mate Jay Ro­driguez.

Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino be­lieves that Ings could re­place front man Rickie Lam­bert as Ro­driguez’s reg­u­lar part­ner once he has re­turned from a knee lig­a­ment in­jury.

But Po­chet­tino is fac­ing se­ri­ous com­pe­ti­tion in the shape of Ever­ton boss Roberto Martínez.

Much will de­pend on whether Burn­ley are will­ing to sell their most prized as­set or hang on to him for an­other sea­son.

Liver­pool have also looked at Ings a cou­ple of times but so far the only firm in­ter­est has been that of Southamp­ton. Burn­ley are ex­pect­ing that to change, how­ever once the sea­son ends. AS­TON VILLA scouts have been check­ing out the form of Wat­ford striker Troy Deeney.

New­cas­tle United have also looked at Deeney who is among the Cham­pi­onship’s leading marks­man. SH­EFFIELD WED­NES­DAY are ready to test Hull City’s re­solve with a sum­mer of­fer for striker Matt Fry­att.

Fry­att, 28, im­pressed dur­ing a loan spell at Hills­bor­ough ear­lier this sea­son, scor­ing four goals in nine games.

The for­mer Wal­sall and Le­ices­ter striker has found his Pre­mier League chances few and far be­tween, how­ever, so could be tempted into a move.

Hull boss Steve Bruce is keen for him to stay and there is talk of a new con­tract.

Fry­att may pre­fer to play reg­u­larly and that could swing his de­ci­sion in favour of a move down to the Cham­pi­onship.

Owls chair­man Mi­lan Man­daric has for­mer Eng­land Un­der-19 in­ter­na­tional Fry­att high on his sum­mer shop­ping list.

Hull how­ever could be in the Europa League next sea­son if Ar­se­nal qual­ify for the Cham­pi­ons League, which could mean Bruce won’t sell.

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