Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has claimed that Danny Ings will not be leaving St Mary’s during the current transfer window.
Tottenham Hotspur are rumoured to have made an enquiry over the availability of the 28-year-old but were rebuffed by the Saints (Guardian).
Ings enjoyed a prolific campaign in front of goal last season having scored 25 goals in 42 appearances in all competitions for the south coast outfit (transfermarkt).
Hasenhuttl was insistent that he sees the former Burnley man continuing his career at St Mary’s and revealed that Ings has zero interest in moving elsewhere.
Spurs are on the lookout to recruit another striker to help take the burden off Harry Kane’s shoulders before the transfer window closes on October 5th (Sky Sports).
Ings is expected to lead the line for Southampton on Sunday when Tottenham are the visitors with both sides looking for their first Premier League win of the season.
He told FourFourTwo: “I don’t know how often I spoke last season about Danny Ings, how important he is for our club.
“The only thing I want to say for these rumours is that there’s absolutely zero interest from Danny to go anywhere.
“He is 100 per cent happy to be here and, for us, it’s 100 per cent not discussable that we (allow to) leave one of the best strikers in Europe.
“Any rumours about that are absolutely nonsense and hopefully this is the last time we speak about this.”
Hassenhutl claimed that Ings would prefer to be the first choice forward at a club, rather than become second choice behind a striker such as Kane.
“To be an alternative for another club or being here, the most important striker in our team – one of our own, if you want – then you know how much he likes to be here,”
“He loves what we do here, he loves to play for us, and the team loves to play with him.”
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