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Newcastle and Southampton forced to play the waiting game

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Newcastle United and Southampton will have to wait before firming up their interest in Burnley star Danny Ings, with the fellow Premier League club keen to keep the striker at the club as they battle to stay in the top flight.

Despite a slow start, the Championship Player of the Season has managed to convert his form into Premier League matches and is a real threat for Burnley going forward.

The 22-year-old striker was in action against Newcastle on Tuesday night and while he didn’t find the back of the net the youngster did put in an impressive performance, running the channels well and creating chances, including his clever headed assist for George Boyd.

In total, Ings has scored four times in 10 Premier League matches this term and will be key to Burnley preserving their top flight status as the Lancashire club unsurprisingly find themselves battling the drop a third of the way into the season.

Ings’s contract expires at the end of the season, but Burnley will not want to lose their prize asset and main source of goals, so a cut-price fee is unlikely to be sanctioned as it will come nowhere near the worth of Premier League football for the Turf Moor club.

Ings is a Hampshire boy and having previously played for Bournemouth in his youth, a move back to the south coast for Southampton may be an attractive proposition for the striker.

However, by the time the end of the season rolls round, expect there to be many more suitors than just Newcastle and the Saints for the young Englishman.

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