The Times’ Merseyside correspondent reported on his personal Twitter account after the window had officially shut that the filing of the key piece of paperwork means Liverpool and Southampton have until 7pm to complete the transfer.
Danny Ings on way to Southampton. Deal sheet submitted so clubs have until 7pm to do a deal
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) August 9, 2018
Ings is said to be on his way to the south coast to put the finishing touches to the transfer after being on standby all day for a last-gasp move.
There is hope at Southampton that they can now push through the signing of Ings after the deal sheet was submitted to trigger a Premier League extension that runs until 7pm. Rumours on social media are rift that the deal is more likely to be a loan that a permanent one. If that is the case, it would not be brilliant business for Liverpool unless the striker, who was a boyhood Saints fan and grew up just a few miles from St Mary’s Stadium, rediscovers the form that brought him to Anfield three years ago. Ings has suffered due to horrible injuries and lack of opportunity at Liverpool, where not only the sensational trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane stand in his way, but also summer signing Xherdan Shaqiri, the re-born Daniel Sturridge and rising star Dominic Solanke. Ings is better off at Southampton, where he will hope to play regularly and score the goals that can enable Liverpool to secure the £20million fee they will seek in January or next summer.