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Danny Ings is reportedly open to a move to Tottenham, Manchester City, Manchester United or Chelsea this summer as the Southampton striker enters the final year of his contract.
Ings has just 12 months remaining on his deal with the Saints and the south coast club could seek to cash in.
It is widely believed that the 28-year-old will not sign fresh terms and several clubs are alert to his situation.
Tottenham have long sought a suitable back-up to Harry Kane and may even need a replacement if the England captain achieves a move this summer.
Man United’s interest has perhaps cooled since securing Edinson Cavani on a new one-year contract.
Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would have wanted a new striker had the Uruguayan, 34, not agreed to remain at Old Trafford.
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Sergio Aguero’s departure from Man City has led to head coach Pep Guardiola seeking an alternative.
The Spaniard had initially ruled out a move for a forward this summer, claiming that they are all too expensive.
But Ings’ availability, and the fact that he might come cheap due to his contract situation, might tempt Guardiola into prompting a move for the England international.
Chelsea also want an attacker but have seemingly put all their effort into signing £150million-rated Borussia Dortmund starlet Erling Haaland.
FA registered intermediary Paul O’Keefe has said that Ings is open to a move to all four clubs should an offer be made.
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Ings would be a trusted source of goals for each team, even if forced to be the second-choice striker.
He scored 13 goals in 33 Premier League appearances for Southampton last season and has netted a total of 46 times in 100 games for the club.
Ings, who has one goal in three caps for the Three Lions, signed for Southampton from Liverpool, where his spell was blighted by consecutive serious injuries.
He still managed to score four times in 25 appearances for the Reds but there might be some concern over his injury record.
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Liverpool, who have a wealth of attacking options, are one of the few top Premier League clubs who have not been linked with a move for their former player.
Meanwhile, Arsenal’s summer rejuvenation appears to be focused on defenders and midfielders, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette occupying Mikel Arteta’s striking options.
Gunners boss Arteta has been trusted with overseeing a big revamp of his first-team squad despite overseeing one of the most disappointing campaigns in the club’s recent history.
Arsenal finished eighth in the Premier League and failed to qualify for European competition for the first time since 1996.
The defence of their 2019-20 FA Cup success ended in a dismal fourth-round exit to Ings’ Southampton.
Arteta has already signed Portuguese left-back Nuno Tavares from Benfica and the north Londoners are soon expected to add Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga.
Their pre-season preparations started with a relatively strong side suffering a disappointing 2-1 defeat against Hibernian on Tuesday. Emile Smith Rowe scored a late consolation for Arteta’s side.
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