The striker is returning to the south coast on an initial loan (Picture: Getty)Southampton have completed the signing of Liverpool striker Danny Ings on an initial loan, though the south-coast club will be required to make the deal permanent next summer.
The 26-year-old, who has struggled to make an impact at Anfield after a serious injury, moved back to the south coast on Thursday’s transfer deadline day – having begun his career at Bournemouth despite being a Saints fan as a kid.
Although the deal is initially a loan, the Liverpool Echo report that Southampton will be obliged to pay a minimum £18million on July 1, 2019.
The fee is variable though, and the Saints could be required to pay a further £2m in appearance-related add-ons, while Liverpool also have a 20% sell-on clause.
Speaking about the deal, Mark Hughes told Southampton’s website: ‘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.
‘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.
Ings had been chased by a host of Premier League sides this summer (Picture: Getty)‘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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