Ings has been reported as a target for Nuno Espirito Santo, who plans to use him and Harry Kane as a two-striker partnership, much like he did with Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota during his time at Wolves.
Will Ings leave Southampton?
However, a potential stumbling block is that Ings is reportedly holding out for a move to Manchester, according to Talk Sport, whether that be City or United – with the former being credited with an interest in the 28-year-old striker earlier in the year.
Ings has been identified as a target for Spurs, as Jones explained.
“I think Tottenham are going to make a bid very soon on Danny Ings. I don’t think they will meet his £20 million valuation, from what I’m told.
“I think they’ll lowball, but they’ll get the ball rolling and they’ll start to negotiate. I think that once Tottenham go in on Ings, then we’ll see who else is actually serious about that.”
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Ings has certainly rediscovered his best form since moving to Southampton as he finished the second-top scorer in the Premier League during the 2019/20 season and has found the back of the net 46 times in 100 appearances for the Saints.
If Spurs are to keep Kane this summer, then they must look to be proactive in the transfer market, and bringing in a proven Premier League striker to help shoulder the burden would be one step on the way to getting their star man to remain at the club.
With just one year left on his current deal, Spurs may not wish to meet the reported £20 million asking price set by Southampton and could hold out until January when they may be able to get him for a cut-price fee, as Southampton run the risk of losing him for nothing in the following summer.