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Newcastle in for Ings?

Rafa Benitez rumored to be after the 24-year-old Liverpool striker

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According to a recent report, Rafael Benitez is apparently keen bringing in a striker from his former club. Danny Ings, a 24-year-old English international, is rumored to be open to a move away from Anfield. Newcastle are in the market for reinforcements in the final third of the pitch, and Ings just may fit the bill.

Danny Ings is probably best known for helping Burnley win automatic promotion to the Premier League in 2013-14 by finishing second in the Championship. That season, he finished with 21 goals and was named Championship Player of the Year. After promotion, Ings did all he could to keep his club in the top flight, netting 11 goals, but it wasn’t enough, as Burnley finished just 5 points shy of safety.

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Ings was Championship Player of the Year in his promotion campaign with Burnley
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After a successful stretch with Burnley, Ings made a £6.5m move to Liverpool. He was also called up to the England national squad and made his first international apperarance in 2015.

However, his time on Merseyside hasn’t gone exactly the way he’d have hoped. Ings has featured in just 6 Premier League matches over two full seasons, mostly due to the number of high class attackers on the books already. This is why Ings is expected to be open to a move that will result in more playing time.

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Ings is rumored to want a move away from Anfield, where he has only featured 6 times in 2 full seasons
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Benitez is also rumored to be sending out inquiries to Spanish club Villarreal, but it may cost up to £15m to get him over the line. Thus, Danny Ings becomes possibly the most achievable signing.

Danny Ings would bring a lot of experience to Tyneside should the Magpies secure his signature. He has led a team through a promotion campaign, struggled through a relegation scrap, and has played for a top 6 Premiership club. He also brings experience with some different types of managers, playing for both Eddie Howe and Sean Dyche, two well respected coaches. If he can couple the experience he’s had with them, along with what he’d learn from the Spaniard currently managing Newcastle, Ings could be a very successful signing for them. The fact that his move to Liverpool was only £6.5m means Benitez may have ideas of securing him on the cheap, and being able to spend more funds on defense and midfield. As more transfer rumors continues to break, we’ll keep you up to date with news and opinions.