Tottenham have been told there is no chance of Southampton selling Danny Ings this summer. Spurs have been reliant on Harry Kane as their sole striker for a number of years now.
The England international has established himself as one of the world’s best strikers.
But he’s picked up a number of injuries in recent seasons which has left Tottenham short of an out-and-out striker.
Jose Mourinho had to utilise Heung-min Son and Lucas Moura through the middle last season.
But speaking last week, Mourinho confirmed the club are working on a deal to sign a back-up to Kane.
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“I want a striker,” he said.
“But I want to make it very clear that the club – if you want to call it the club or the structure above me – knows I need a striker and they also want a striker.
“I believe we will get a striker, I honestly believe so.”
Ings has emerged as a top target for Tottenham with reports suggesting Mourinho would even look at playing him alongside Kane.
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The former Liverpool star enjoyed an incredible campaign for Southampton last season, scoring 22 goals in the Premier League.
But Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has ruled out Ings potentially leaving the club as “absolute nonsense”.
“The only thing I want to say about these rumours is there is absolutely zero interest from Danny to go anywhere,” he said.
“He is 100 per cent happy to be here.
“For us it is 100 per cent not discussable that we lose one of the best strikers and best players in Europe.
“Any rumours about that are absolute nonsense and I think hopefully this is the last time we speak about this.”
He added: “He is the most important striker we have in our team – one of our own if you want.
“You know how much he likes to be here. He loves what we do here, he loves to play for us and the team loves to play for him.”
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