Ings joins Southampton in £20m deadline day move

Ruben Hill
August 10, 2018

Danny Ings has got stuck straight into life as a Southampton player, joining his new team-mates for training a day after moving from Liverpool.

When word came through, just after 3pm, on the final day of the summer transfer window that Liverpool had rejected a bid for Ragnar Klavan, many joked that Manchester United were getting desperate.

Ings had been long linked with a move down to the south coast, but the switch didn't get over the line until the very last minute.

Asked about the deal becoming permanent next summer, Hughes added: "It is a loan initially but that is probably why the negotiations took so long".

Ings made 25 appearances for Liverpool, scoring on four occasions, following his free transfer from Burnley in July 2015.

Maddock explained his suitors Southampton or Crystal Palace must strike a "definitive agreement" with Liverpool "in the next hour" or Ings will remain at Anfield this season.

The Reds ended up paying up to £8m in compensation due to the player's age at the time of the move.

"I am convinced that Jurgen Klopp's progressive side are the biggest danger to City this season and I feel they will give Pep Guardiola's side a real run for their money", Owen told BetVictor.

"But we won't just miss his character because he is a footballer who has all the tools".

"There was significant competition for Danny, with a lot of clubs keen to complete a deal for him, so we're clearly delighted that he chose to join us", Southampton manager Mark Hughes said.

"When he said to us he thinks this is the window it might be best to look elsewhere, for the sake of his career and playing more regular football, it was clear early on that Southampton has great appeal to him personally".

"We have admired him for some time now, not only for his ability, but also his character and personality".

"We all know his story and the bad luck he has had since then".

He said: "It is a very odd feeling saying goodbye to Danny".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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