The January transfer window opens in two days, and things are only going to get crazier when it comes to Tottenham Hotspur rumors! The latest, posted today in the Telegraph, suggests that Burnley winger Danny Ings may now be on Tottenham's radar.
Ings is a speedy striker and is only 22. He joined Burnley from Bournemouth back in 2011. He was a key player in Burnley's promotion to the Premier League last season, scoring 26 goals in 45 appearances. This year he has added four goals in 16 Premier League appearances and has made a name for himself in recent matches with some impressive performances. He's young, has gobs of pace, and his contract expires at the end of the season. based on his performances with Burnley is likely to be snatched up by another Premier League club before too long.
But since we can't write about a transfer rumor without pouring some cold water on it, Ings himself has come out and said that he's not interested in a move:
"I'm contracted until the end of the season and that's the way it's going to be," he said. "I will fight for the team as much as I can and do my best for them. If an offer comes in, I won't be looking at it."
To which I say: of course he'll say that. He's by all indications a model professional and wouldn't want to disparage his current club or the Burnley fans. However, the fact that he hasn't yet signed a contract extension with Burnley also speaks volumes. It's likely that he'll sign with someone, either in January or for free this summer. Spurs could probably land him for around £7m right now.
Ings would be a decent enough signing, but he plays as a poacher, or as a withdrawn center forward in two-striker formations. His addition to the side might come at the expense of Adebayor or Soldado (which might not be a bad thing), and he's League Cup tied, so his signing would be for depth and rotation. And maybe that's okay: Ings looks to be the kind of player who could improve with time, and he's not getting the attention or commanding the price tag of someone like Saido Berahino. Plus he's got all those tats so he should get along just great with Ryan Mason.
It's not crazy that Spurs would be looking at Ings, and at £7m he's got that Daniel Levy bargain signing feel to him. I call this rumor plausible.