Tony Cascarino has urged Southampton to hold on to Danny Ings, who is rumoured to be Tottenham’s top summer target, even if it means the striker leaves on a free in 12 months.
Ings is into the final 12 months of his deal at St Mary’s and is said to have rejected a new contract offer from Southampton.
It was reported on Tuesday that Spurs had made the 28-year-old their number one target at the insistence of Nuno Espirito Santo, with the Portuguese coach believing that the Saints star could partner Harry Kane up front next season.
The England international is allegedly valued at around £20m by the South Coast club.
However, since then, some sources have suggested that a deal for Ings could prove complicated for Tottenham as their relationship with Southampton was strained during the clubs’ negotiations for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg last summer.
Cascarino believes that the Saints should hold on to Ings for one more season as he could prove the difference between relegation and staying up for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.
When asked about the speculation surrounding the former Liverpool man’s future, the pundit told talkSPORT (14/07/21 at 7:05 am): “If I was a Southampton fan then I would be very worried.
“I wouldn’t be selling him for £20 million even if he has a year left on his contract.
“Honestly, I wouldn’t. How much money to stay in the Premier League? I understand he has a year to go. I wouldn’t want to be selling him at all.
“He’s a very gifted lad, who does a lot of the ugly side and a talented forward. I don’t think you can replace him even close to that.
“They can go down losing a player of that quality. They have a year to prepare for that (losing him on a free next summer).”
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I suspect that the Ings deal will not be as easy to get over the line as the Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg transfer was last summer despite the striker having just a year left on his contract.
Ings will likely have several suitors and it will be a challenge to convince the 28-year-old to join us over the likes of West Ham as he will know that he might be a regular starter at Spurs.
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