Danny Ings completes £20m move to Southampton from Liverpool

Rex Christensen
August 10, 2018

Southampton have landed Liverpool striker Danny Ings on a season-long loan with an agreement to sign him permanently at the end of the campaign.

It is understood Southampton was always his first choice when it became apparent he would have to leave Anfield after three years - two seasons of which were decimated by serious knee injuries - to get regular first-team football.

Although his first year will be on loan, Southampton have committed to buy the striker on July 1, 2019.

Liverpool are guaranteed an £18m up-front fee with a further £2m based on appearances, while they are due 20 per-cent of any future figure should he be sold.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp paid tribute to the forward, who endured a hard time at Anfield but was one of the most popular members of the squad.

As a result of Klopp's spending spree, the German needs to move numerous players out today whether on loan or permanent deals.

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Interest arrived from four Premier League clubs, with Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Leicester City all making enquiries.

"It is a very unusual feeling saying goodbye to Danny", Klopp told Liverpool's official website.

MARK Hughes believes Danny Ings is the "perfect" fit for Saints and admits he could be thrown straight into frontline action against Burnley on Sunday after his transfer deadline day switch from Liverpool. Southampton submitted a deal sheet to the Premier League shortly before the 5pm deadline, and the deal was completed shortly after.

Before the arrival of the former Burnley man, Southampton looked extremely toothless in the final third and were left crying out for a player to provide an impact - which may work in Ings' favour, as he's looking to get his career back-on-track after numerous injury problems during his spell at Anfield.

The 26-year-old linked up with the Saints squad and was given warm introductions all round, as they gear up for the start of the season.

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