Tottenham will not pursue a move for Southampton striker Danny Ings in the summer, according to a report.
Ings has just one year left on his contract with Southampton. The former Liverpool striker is keen to test himself at a higher level again. However, it now appears that one of his potential suitors has pulled out of the race.
Tottenham have regularly been linked with the England striker in recent months. That interest may have been expected to increase further if Harry Kane leaves this summer.
Kane’s future is currently in doubt as he continues to give conflicting claims over his future. Should he depart, he will be hard to replace.
Spurs are also considering the future of back-up striker Carlos Vinicius, who has been on loan with them this season. They are interested in keeping him, but not for the full price of their option to buy.
Strengthening their defence may be a priority, but it appears they will have to think about attacking reinforcements as well in the summer. But Ings is apparently not on the agenda.
According to Football Insider, Tottenham are set to pull out of their pursuit of Ings. The reason is because they do not think he wants to join them.
Instead, a move to Manchester City is more appealing for the 28-year-old. With Sergio Aguero’s departure at the end of the season confirmed, Ings could have an opportunity to replace him at the Etihad Stadium.
Man City are admirers of Ings as they search for at least one striker signing in the summer. The likes of Erling Haaland and Kane himself have also been linked, but Ings would be cheaper.
Of course, City have the finances to pursue whoever they like. But Ings is still an option they are considering due to Pep Guardiola’s admiration of the player.
Jose Mourinho is of a similar opinion, but it seems the feeling is less mutual for Ings.
Kane keen on shock move
Spurs will have to look elsewhere for a new striker if, as is very much possible, Kane leaves this summer.
Yet to win a trophy, the England captain may consider his future if Spurs cannot match his ambition. Recent reports suggested a move to a surprise suitor could be on.
There is interest from LaLiga with Real Madrid long-term admirers. However, Ian McGarry of the Transfer Window Podcast now claims Barcelona are emerging as serious suitors.
McGarry said: “It is our information that Kane is seriously considering moving away from Tottenham Hotspur. As a result, other clubs have been in touch with his representatives.
“We understand that the one that is most attractive at this moment in time is Barcelona.
“Barcelona are a team who are behind in La Liga and who are experiencing by their standards a bit of a poor season.”