Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell has heaped praise on Danny Ings and claimed he could fill some of the void if Harry Kane did indeed depart this summer.
As reported by The Athletic, the ex-Liverpool striker has rejected a lucrative new contract offer from Southampton, with his current contract expiring in 2022.
The Southampton offer was a four-year deal that would have resulted in Ings being the best-paid player in their history — but the striker rejected it as he has intentions of joining a team competing towards the top of the table.
Campbell spoke very highly of the Tottenham target: “Spurs can try and convince Kane but I truly believe that he is off.
“I think Danny Ings is someone who would be a great replacement for Kane. Of course, he could not replace all of the goals and assists that Kane gets but he could certainly help out with a fair few goals. He’s a top striker.”
Campbell then praised Kane’s previous campaign in which he ended up top scorer but suggested that Ings could be the man to fill the void.
He said: “Kane’s stats last season were incredible. To be top of the goal and assist charts is unheard of. He had a dream season.
“You have to try and replace him somehow though and Ings has had a couple of very good seasons at Southampton.
“He could be one of the players they bring in if Kane leaves.”
Manchester City reportedly made an opening bid for Kane earlier this summer which would guarantee Tottenham at least £100m for the England captain.
City were said to be open to discussing a player-plus-money deal but Spurs rejected the offer for the 27-year-old, who has reportedly told the club he wants a transfer.
Kane had a difficult start to Euro 2020, failing to score in any of the group games, but has scored four goals in knockouts matches. He will lead England out on Sunday to their first major final since 1966.
The Kane saga seems to be never-ending, and Ings – since he turned down his contract offer – has been a name that has popped around.
He is a very good striker but anyone replacing Kane always feels underwhelming. The fact Ings has been a tad injury-prone doesn’t help.
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