Reports today claim that German club Schalke 04 have entered the race to sign Burnley striker Danny Ings.
The England under-21 forward is out of contract at Turf Moor at the end of the season and has been the subject of reported interest from Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Real Sociedad since the turn of the year.
But it seems now that Schalke are also interested in a deal for Ings and could be set to make him a contract offer – as foreign clubs are able to negotiate terms with Premiership based players who are out of contract this Summer.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers reportedly made an offer to sign Ings in January but was turned down by Clarets boss Sean Dyche, who sees the forward as essential to his side’s relegation battle hopes.
Manchester United were reported to have won the race for Ings recently, but it now seems that those claims were wide of the mark and boss Louis van Gaal still has work to do to get the deal completed.
And the Bundesliga side are set to rival those clubs, with manager Roberto di Matteo said to be keen on taking Ings to Germany.
Burnley have resolved themselves to losing Ings at the end of the season, but are hopeful he will move to an English club to maximise their tribunal fee. It would be over £3m for another English club, while it would be just 10% of that for an overseas club to sign him.