Ralph Hasenhuttl has chosen to remain tight-lipped when asked about Danny Ings’ contract situation with the striker yet to pen to paper on a new contract with Southampton.
Reports indicate that the Saints have offered a new deal to Ings but the England international is stalling on signing it, with Tottenham said to be exploring the possibility of snapping him up in the summer.
The 28-year-old, who has been prolific in front of goal since his move to the south coast, will have just 12 months left to run on his current deal at the end of the season.
Jose Mourinho has refused to comment on the speculation, insisting that Spurs do not need another striker at least until the end of the season, with Harry Kane, Carlos Vinicius and Son Heung-min on their books.
Hasenhuttl stated two weeks ago that he was confident that the former Liverpool man will commit his future to the club but the Saints boss has now refused to speak about the matter when asked about it on Tuesday.
When quizzed on Ings’ contract situation, the Austrian coach told BT: “It’s a topic which doesn’t make sense to discuss here, we are in negotiations with the player and there’s nothing more to say about that.
“Any rumours out there it’s not for me to comment on. It’s always coming from the same direction and it doesn’t make sense to comment.
“He is an important player for us, he wants to stay with us. It’s not a reason to speak about it in the media.”
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If reports are to be believed, the sticking point between Ings’ entourage and Southampton seems to be the value of the release clause in any new contract. The fact that Ings wants a release clause in the first place, suggests that he does harbour ambitions of a big move. However, there is likely to be plenty of interest in the 28-year-old if he does become available and it remains to be seen if Tottenham can convince him to come to the club even though we have Kane and Son.
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