Rafa hoping to do loan deal for Ings


Former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is hoping to do a loan deal with the club for Danny Ings.

The Newcastle United boss has made contact with his old club to try and instigate a move that would see the striker initially move on loan to St James’ Park with a view to making the transfer permanent.

That is according to a report by Teamtalk, in which they claim that the Premier League club are concerned about Ings’ injury history and are not prepared to sanction the kind of money it would cost them to sign him permanently now.

The report may not be true, however, as Premier League clubs are only able to register two loan signings at any one time – and Newcastle already have Kenedy on loan from Chelsea and Salomon Rondon from West Brom.

Liverpool are reported to have placed a price tag of around £20m for the former Burnley man to make an exit ahead of the new season and time is running out for that to happen.

Crystal Palace, who are also managed by a former Reds boss with Roy Hodgson in charge at Selhurst Park, and Southampton are both keen to secure a deal to sign Ings this week.

So the forward will not be short of options should each of these clubs make an offer to Liverpool which is deemed acceptable ahead of the transfer window closing at 5pm on Thursday evening.

Manager Jurgen Klopp is said to be happy with the idea of keeping Ings in his squad, but has accepted that he needs to play regularly after an injury plagued three years at Anfield.

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