• Danny Ings has scored seven goals in 14 matches this season
  • He played for Liverpool between 2015 and 2019
  • Mourinho is seeing Ings as an ideal option in his attack

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly planning to sign Southampton forward Danny Ings during the summer transfer window at the end of the 2020-21 season.

Ings, who is contracted with Southampton until 2022, is yet to accept an extension and that has alerted Spurs, according to Eurosport. Last summer, Spurs were interested in roping the former Liverpool playmaker. However, when it was clear that Ings was not looking to leave the Saints, Spurs signed Carlos Vinicius on a season-long loan instead.

The report has stated Jose Mourinho, who has been instrumental at Spurs since his arrival in 2019, hopes to build a squad by next season he would be complacent. Spurs are now exploring whether Ings is serious about considering his future away from Southampton and if so, the North London club will prepare a bid for the 28-year-old English striker at the end of 2020-21 as Mourinho sees him as an ideal choice in his attack.

Ings started his senior career with AFC Bournemouth in 2010. After playing in the second and third-tier competitions in English soccer, Ings finally made his way to the Premier League in 2014 when Burnley had been promoted back from the Championship to the top-flight league. In his maiden season in the Premier League, Ings netted 11 goals in 35 games before Liverpool signed the English forward for the next season. He spent three seasons at Anfield, where he made only 25 competitive appearances but scored only four times.

Ings struggled at Liverpool due to the presence of other attacking options such as Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané. As a result, Ings requested Jurgen Klopp a move away in the summer of 2018. The Englishman was quite a popular figure in the Reds dressing room. Despite his limited game time, Klopp was reluctant to let go of him.

Ahead of the 2018-19 season, Liverpool loaned Ings to Southampton, where he netted eight goals in 25 matches. The move became permanent in 2019 for a reported transfer fee of $24 million along with a possible performance bonus of $3 million.

Liverpool lobbed: Danny Ings opened the scoring agianst his former club
Liverpool lobbed: Danny Ings opened the scoring agianst his former club POOL / Naomi Baker

In the 2020-21 campaign, Ings has netted seven goals in 14 competitive matches for Southampton.