David Moyes makes in-demand Burnley striker Danny Ings top target
Real Sociedad manager David Moyes is targeting a move for Burnley striker Danny Ings, with the England Under-21 international available on a free transfer this summer.
Sean Dyche’s side, even-money with Coral to stay up, are set to lose their in-demand forward with Spain now emerging his most likely destination.
The 22-year-old’s contract is set to expire in the summer, and his inevitable free agent status means that the Clarets centre-forward is already allowed to hold talks with teams outside the Premier League this month, with a view to a summer switch.
Ings, regarded by Dyche as his team’s key to Premier League survival, has netted six times for Burnley this campaign with five of those league strikes directly contributing to the winning of points, proving his worth to the Turf Moor team as they battle relegation.
He is expected to be part of Gareth Southgate’s Young Lions squad that will compete at the European Under-21 Championship in the Czech Republic in June, and has recently been tipped to feature in Roy Hodgson’s first-team this year.
Clinical Clarets finisher Ings arrived at Turf Moor in 2011 after making his debut for Bournemouth in League Two as a 17-year-old in 2009.
If Burnley are to lose their star man, they will be hoping it’s to a fellow English club, with the Lancashire outfit due a sizeable cash windfall should Ings remian in the country, but that is not the case if he moves abroad.
Any European team can land the England Under-21 international for a reported £206k because of FIFA compensation rules which have been worked out due to the number of seasons Ings has played at Turf Moor.
Moyes’ Sociedad were recently eliminated from the Copa del Rey at the hands of Villarreal over two legs, with the Scottish coach being sent to the stands for arguing with a decision. His La Liga side remain unbeaten at home in five outings that he has been in charge and are 12th in the Spanish table.
Ings’ current employers are odds-on 8/11 to be relegated this term after falling to 17th in the table.