Danny Ings has reportedly turned down the offer of a new four-year contract at Southampton as the 28-year-old wants to “test himself at a higher level”.
David Ornstein of The Athletic claims the England striker has been in talks to extend his current contract terms, but that negotiations have now broken off.
Ings has apparently rejected a four-year extension that would have made the 28-year-old the best-paid player in Southampton’s history, although money is not believed to be the driving factor in his decision.
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Having scored 46 goals in 100 games since joining Southampton from Liverpool in August 2018, Ings is keen to secure a move to a team near the top end of the Premier League table.
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Southampton must now decide whether to sell Ings, who has just 12 months left on his contract, or allow him to run down his contract in order to see him leave as a free agent next summer.
It is reported that the club are content to let Ings see out his deal if he doesn't sign an extension.
The Athletic adds that Ings has admirers at Manchester City and Manchester United while Tottenham Hotspur have registered an interest in the striker in the past.
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