Danny Ings joins Southampton on loan from Liverpool

Liverpool striker Danny Ings has joined Southampton on loan ahead of permanent move to St Mary’s next summer.

Sky sources understand Ings has initially joined the Saints on a season-long loan with his permanent deal due to start on July 1, 2019.

It is believed Ings has agreed to a four-year deal with Southampton, which will commence once his loan spell ends.

Sky sources understand a fee of £20m has been agreed between the two clubs, £18m of which is guaranteed with a further £2m based on appearances.

Southampton boss Mark Hughes is delighted to have secured the signing of Ings on Deadline Day.

“There was significant competition for Danny, with a lot of clubs keen to complete a deal for him, so we’re clearly delighted that he chose to join us,” he said.

“We have admired him for some time now, not only for his ability, but also his character and personality, which we feel will be an ideal fit in our dressing room.

“He’s obviously a local boy, who gives us another excellent option up front.

“He didn’t get to play as much as he would have liked at Liverpool, but he has been injury-free for some time now and has a real point to prove.

“It’s a great boost for us on the eve of the season to bring another quality player into the squad, and we’re excited about what he can bring to the group.”

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