Report: Liverpool Demand £20M for Danny Ings Amid Crystal Palace Rumours

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJuly 28, 2018

CHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 07: Danny Ings of Liverpool during the Pre-season friendly between Chester City and Liverpool at Swansway Chester Stadium on July 7, 2018 in Chester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)
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Crystal Palace have reportedly stepped up their efforts to sign Liverpool's Danny Ings but will have to meet the Reds' £20 million price tag if they are to snap up the striker.

According to Andy Hunter of the Guardian, the south London side will also have to compete with Leicester City, Newcastle United and Southampton, who are also interested in the former Burnley man, whose Liverpool career has been dogged by injury.

Ings, 26, joined Liverpool in 2015 after a fine debut season in the Premier League with Burnley.

However, he picked up an anterior cruciate ligament injury almost immediately after the appointment of Jurgen Klopp as manager in October 2015, and he has barely played since.

Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (L) speaks with Liverpool's English striker Danny Ings after the English FA Cup fourth round football match between Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on January 27, 2018.
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His Premier League record in three years at Anfield reads 14 games played, three goals scored, one assist provided.

In his absence, Klopp's Liverpool have progressed hugely, and even when fully fit, Ings would struggle for any regular first-team action in the front line.

As a result, per Hunter, Ings has decided he must leave Anfield and will seemingly have his pick of a number of mid-table Premier League clubs.

Per Goal's Neil Jones, the route between Liverpool and Palace has been well trodden of late:

Neil Jones @neiljonesgoal

Crystal Palace keen on Danny Ings but #LFC firm in their belief they can and will get £20m for him. Interest from elsewhere too, including Leicester, Newcastle, Southampton. Benteke, Sakho, Ings? They've done well out of Palace, transfer-wise, in recent seasons.

Ings is still young enough to salvage a career that has stagnated in the last few years.

And the numerous Premier League clubs interested in signing him is a clear indication that he still has plenty to offer.