Wednesday 27 May 2015 17:54, UK
Tottenham are ready to bid £12m for Burnley striker Danny Ings, according to Sky sources.
Ings is out of contract at the end of June and has been linked with Liverpool, and any club signing the 22-year-old on a free transfer would have to pay Burnley compensation.
But Sky sources understand Spurs are ready to steal a march on any rival suitors by offering an eight-figure sum now in the hope they will get the first chance to talk to the player.
Ings, brought to Turf Moor from Bournemouth four years ago, scored 11 goals this season for Burnley but was unable to keep the club in the Premier League.
And the England U21 striker, part of Gareth Southgate's squad for the European Championships, says he will delay a decision on his future until after a short break.
"My holiday's the first thing on my mind. I'm looking forward to a bit of downtime and after that it's going to be hard work again," he told the Lancashire Telegraph.
"It's going to be a short summer for me this year but I love football so I'd play it every day if I could. After that I'll sit down with my agent and discuss my future then. At the moment it's all up in the air. I don't know what's going to happen."
Ings has already said his goodbyes to Burnley supporters, and he said: "It's a sad time for me. Burnley Football Club helped me mature from a boy to a man and I can't thank them everyone from the club enough, from the board to the staff at the training ground and the staff at the club.
"It's been a fantastic journey, so of course it would be upsetting for it to come to an end. But that's football and it happens with every player. I thank everyone from the fans to the staff, everyone's been fantastic."