The January window may still have some time to go, but it appears that Tottenham Hotspur have already switched some of their focus to the summer, with Eurosport reporting this week that Spurs are considering a bid for Danny Ings once the season concludes.
Ings has continued to be hugely impressive for Southampton this term. He has seven goals to follow up on the 22 he got during the previous campaign.
Unfortunately for the Saints, his future looks to be uncertain. As noted by Eurosport, his contract expires at the end of next season. However, it is claimed that he is stalling on penning fresh terms.
That has seemingly alerted Tottenham. And it now appears that Jose Mourinho would like to make Ings the latest striker tasked with providing cover and competition for Harry Kane.
His record for Southampton alone suggests that he could be an outstanding signing. But perhaps Spurs can take further encouragement from comments made by Kyle Walker-Peters last year.
Walker-Peters is one of the few players to have trained with both Ings – who earns £75,000-a-week, according to Spotrac – and Kane on a regular basis. He, of course, left Spurs for Southampton in the summer after initially moving to the south coast on loan.
And back in August, the right-back suggested that he could see similarities between the two strikers.
“They definitely have similarities. When I see them practising their finishing, their finishing is so clean. It’s the same strike every time, both feet, low and hard,” he told talkSPORT.
“I think that’s what makes them so good. Lots of times you see strikers or forwards get bored of the same finish and they start trying chips and stuff but those two it’s the same, shift and bang.”
Whatever happens from here, Kane will be remembered as one of the Premier League’s most lethal goalscorers. So it is a big claim for Walker-Peters to put Ings’s finishing in a similar category.
And if Tottenham feel the same, they will surely have little hesitation about making a bid this summer.