Ings is out of contract at Burnley at the end of June and has been linked with Liverpool, and any club signing the player on a free transfer would have to pay Burnley compensation. The 22-year-old is considering his options as he has offers from Liverpool and Real Sociedad. However Spurs are seemed to be ready to steal a march on any rival suitors by offering £12 million bid in the hope they will get the first chance to talk to the player.
Tottenham Spurs’ bid will drive up the tribunal hearing valuation, which could make it difficult for Liverpool as the anticipated £4-5 million fee could go up to £8 or £10 million. While if Ings join Sociedad, the fee would be even less at around £250,000.
Ings is also known to favor a move to Anfield but Tottenham have now forced the issue knowing that Liverpool are reluctant to bid that high. He joined Burnley from Bournemouth four years ago, scored 11 goals this season but was unable to keep the club in the Premier League. On the other hand, the England U21 striker says that he will delay a decision concerning his future until after a short break.
“My holiday is the first thing on my mind. I’m looking forward to a bit of downtime and after that it’s going to be hard work again,” he told the press. He has already said goodbyes to Burnley supporters, saying: “It’s a sad time for me. Burnley Footbal Club helped me mature from a boy to a man and I can’t thank them everyone from the club enough, from the board to the staff at the training ground and the staff at the club.”
Burnley would be grateful for the cash windfall as they need two strikers next season. Ashley Barnes is facing up to a year out of the pitch after damaging his anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligament. While the club are also expecting to lose Kieran Tripper to Tottenham in a £3.5 million deal.