Danny Ings might snub reported curiosity from Man City and keep loyal to Southampton, a former teammate has advised talkSPORT.
And the striker has been warned a switch to the Premier League leaders might ‘backfire’ after reviving his profession in a Saints shirt.
The England worldwide has been linked with a shocking summer season transfer to the Etihad Stadium with Pep Guardiola on the hunt for an inexpensive substitute for Sergio Aguero.
The Argentine is about to go away City when his deal expires on the finish of the season, and Ings – who shall be getting into the ultimate 12 months of his personal contract at St Mary’s in the summertime – is reportedly on their radar.
However whereas the switch has been backed by quite a few pundits, Ings’ former teammate Lee Grant wouldn’t be shocked to see him lengthen his keep at Southampton.
The Manchester United goalkeeper, who performed with Ings at Burnley between 2011 and 2013, advised the talkSPORT Breakfast: “He’s what you’d class as a completely diamond man. He’s an amazing human being.
“At Burnley, he got here from Bournemouth and never an excessive amount of us knew something about him. He was injured inside two or three days of coaching.
“We had been in the midst of a capturing session and he did his knee. It was a extremely, actually horrible time for him, however the factor that stood out was his persona, his perseverance and his basic good nature.
“You could possibly simply inform he was a correct, correct human being and an actual, actual high skilled.
“So I might say, realizing Danny as I do know him, that the way in which Southampton have handled him, the belief they confirmed in him after his harm report at Liverpool, shall be weighing on his thoughts.
“So I wouldn’t be shocked to see one thing occur [about signing a new deal]. Particularly if you see the kind of supply and the kind of contract that Southampton are prepared to placed on the desk for him.”
Ings, 28, has scored 30 targets in 60 Premier League video games since becoming a member of Southampton for £20million from Liverpool in 2019.
The frontman spent 4 years at Anfield the place he was restricted to simply 25 appearances in all competitions because of harm and workforce choice, with Jurgen Klopp finally permitting him to affix Southampton on mortgage earlier than making his transfer everlasting.
Man City now look like prepared to provide him one other probability on the high stage, however Tony Cascarino has warned Ings his enjoying time and profession might undergo if he decides to signal for Guardiola’s aspect.
Talking on Tuesday’s Hawksbee and Jacobs present, the ex-Chelsea striker stated: “Ings shall be 29 this 12 months, there’s a World Cup in 2022, it could backfire. There’s one optimistic and one unfavorable.
“The one optimistic is that it’s a incredible alternative to win trophies and on the unfavorable aspect individuals may say, ‘you’re not going to play as a lot’.
“City are in quite a lot of competitions, you usually will get a superb variety of video games at Manchester City.
“However should you go to City and also you didn’t play sufficient they usually acquired knocked out of a contest early, you may not get sufficient soccer. I’m not a fan of gamers not enjoying sufficient.
“Take Danny Drinkwater [as an example], he went to Chelsea, didn’t have an opportunity of enjoying an excessive amount of soccer and acquired proven the door.
“There’s the hazard of going to a giant membership and also you don’t play any soccer in any respect.”