Tottenham should break the bank to lure Danny Ings away from Southampton as they seek top-class striking cover for the injured Harry Kane.
The England captain suffered a tear in the 1-0 defeat at Southampton on New Year’s Day, and although the club have not said what grade it is, the talismanic forward is expected to be missing for up to three months.
And with Tottenham short on quality central striking options to cover for Kane’s spell on the sidelines – the club are likely to use forwards Heung-min Son and Lucas Moura in the meantime – pundit Darren Bent has urged them to move for in-form Saints striker Ings.
He said on TalkSPORT: “If Spurs were to go and get Danny Ings and he was to go and score five or six goals before Harry Kane gets back, I don’t think automatically Harry Kane walks back in the team.
“You are getting the best out of someone, you are winning games now and you have someone who can stick the ball in the back of the net.
“I know Harry Kane is important and is one of the world’s best, but he would just have to be patient.
“How could you change the team that is doing really well, winning games, pushing up the league to accommodate someone.
“But for me that’s the perfect fit and if Daniel Levy were to get Danny Ings, that would be a great signing.”
Ings was on the scoresheet during that aforementioned New Year’s day clash against Tottenham, smashing home his 13th Premier League goal of the season to win the match for Saints and pull Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side further clear of the relegation zone.
The former Liverpool striker has rediscovered his best form this season with his form in front of goal, prompting talk of an England recall and, evidently, talk of a move to one of the Premier League’s big hitters.
Ings certainly has an admirer in former England boss Roy Hodgson, who admitted recently his frustration at failing to sign the player once it became apparent he was leaving Liverpool.
“I don’t know if I forgive him for not coming to us when we wanted to sign him and he went to Southampton instead, Hodgson said.
“I’ve still got a bit of a bee in my bonnet about that one, but I’ve always admired Danny as a player.
“He is what you’d call a natural goalscorer. His movement in and around the penalty area is very good and when a chance comes his way, he’s got the technique to take the chance.
“Of course added to that he’s a hard worker so what got him selected for England and playing in Lithuania was those qualities which we admire.
“And very unlucky of course he picked up that nasty injury very soon after that game.”