There have been some significant updates recently as Southampton look to sort out their striker situation in this summer transfer window.
According to a report from the Athletic’s David Ornstein, star man Danny Ings has rejected the club’s initial contract offer that would have made him the highest paid player at the club.
However, Adam Blackmore – speaking on BBC Radio Solent – explained how there are many moving parts to this deal and that any outcome is still possible, including Ings staying for at least this coming season.
Alongside all this, there have been some big developments in Saints’ pursuit of Blackburn Rovers forward Adam Armstrong.
Danny Ings and Adam Armstrong could be Southampton teammates this season
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According to the Lancashire Telegraph, Saints have made their opening bid to sign Armstrong but have seen their first offer turned down.
Reports from close to Blackburn suggest that they are trying to hold out for £20m, although this could be unrealistic given that the 24-year-old has one year remaining on his current contract.
More bids can surely be expected from Saints, but it is important to emphasise that Armstrong is not seen as a replacement for Ings.
Further information from Adam Blackmore on BBC Radio Solent explained how Ings is not interested in a move if it is not to a top-six side, or a side that is playing at the very top level. This makes it possible that he will not depart this summer.
Links will continue to be made, but there will be certain things that each party wants in this situation. Ings will want assurances of game time so he can have an opportunity to impress for a Champions League club, but some mentioned suitors may not see him as a marquee signing.
It remains to be seen what will come of both situations mentioned here but Saints will want their squad to be settled as they get into August.