Liverpool might be shopping in the bargain aisle this summer, but after flopping in the transfer market last summer, they are off to a better start this year.
Last week Liverpool announced the signing of England international James Milner on a free transfer from Manchester City and on Monday, Brendan Rodgers side announced the signing of Burnley striker Danny Ings,also on a free transfer.
“Burnley Football Club has rejected an offer made by Liverpool but will continue to have dialogue with the club in order to reach a resolution over the fee,” said a Burnley statement.
The Reds have been in talks with Ings for some weeks and confirmed the deal in a statement which said:
‘Liverpool FC are delighted to announce that they have agreed personal terms with Danny Ings and, subject to a medical, the striker will join the club on July 1 after his contract with Burnley has expired,’ a statement on the cub’s website read.
‘The 22-year-old struck 11 goals in 35 Barclays Premier League appearances last season, which was his first in the top flight.
‘Ings had found the target 21 times in the previous campaign to help the Clarets secure promotion from the Championship.
‘The forward has nine caps for England U21s, with four goals to date too, and will represent his country at the U21 European Championship later this month.”
It is not yet known how much Liverpool will have to pay Burnley for Ings, as the clubs have not agreed a compensation figure.
Although Danny Ings is out of contract Liverpool will still have to pay Burnley a fee due to the striker’s age.
In England, any club that has trained a player who leaves for another English team at the end of their contract before they turn 23 is entitled to a fee.
The two clubs can agree the amount themselves but it is normally decided at a tribunal where an independent committee will make the decision based on a number of factors.
Because Ings spent five years at Bournemouth before joining Burnley in 2011, they too will be due some money, though this would be no more than a few hundred thousand.
However, had Ings moved abroad, Burnley, under FIFA transfer rules, would be entitled to only a nominal compensation fee, not much more than £200,000.