Gabby Agbonlahor would stay at Southampton if he was Danny Ings amid transfer interest in the England striker from Tottenham.
Spurs are reportedly lining up a summer move for the forward as Saints ponder what to do with their star man should he not want to sign a new deal.
Danny Ings has scored 40 goals in 81 games for SouthamptonGetty Images – Getty
Ings has held off penning a new contract with his current terms set to expire in 2022 as he is said to be considering his future.
talkSPORT’s transfer expert Alex Crook reports that the striker is happy with the personal terms, which would see him become Saints’ highest paid player ever, but the stumbling block is over a release clause.
Manger Ralph Hasenhuttl was asked about the situation with the 28-year-old ahead of Tuesday’s FA Cup third round defeat of Shrewsbury.
“We have at the moment, a tricky situation for every club I think in the Premier League,” the Southampton manager said.
“Everybody is losing a lot of money in this crisis we are going through. We can only do what we are able to and what is healthy for us.
“I think Danny shows us that he wants to be with the club, we know that he is an important player for us.
Ings joined Southampton on a permanent deal from Liverpool in 2019 after spending a season on loan at St Mary’sGetty Images – Getty
“I hope that we find an agreement and finally he stays with us. If not, life will go on, and this club will also exist and, hopefully, we can find a way that we can both live with.”
Ings only joined Southampton on a permanent deal in 2019, following a year on loan, for around £20million from Liverpool.
Last season, he hit 22 Premier League goals and narrowly missed out on the Golden Boot to Jamie Vardy.
His time at Liverpool was hampered by a serious knee injury and there may yet be an opportunity to join a top six side – with Ings said to want Champions League football.
Former Aston Villa striker Agbonlahor believes a move to Spurs doesn’t make as much sense as heading to Tottenham’s north London rivals due to the presence of Harry Kane.
Ings’ current Saints deal runs until the summer of 2022Getty Images – Getty
Speaking on Wednesday’s talkSPORT Breakfast, Agbonlahor said: ”It’s very tough, isn’t it? You see what happened at Liverpool with him. He didn’t get much game time.
“Southampton is a club he feels at home at and he’s playing football and getting into the England squad.
“Does he want to move now and play second choice to Harry Kane at Spurs? That could cost him a place at the Euros!
“For me, I’d stay where I am and try and come to an agreement with Southampton.
“He would suit Arsenal at the moment. You look at [Alexandre] Lacazette and he’s come into some decent form, but you put Ings into that Arsenal team at the moment and he would definitely score goals.
“But Southampton fans may argue that Southampton might finish above Arsenal this season.
Danny Ings had a frustrating spell at Liverpool that was hampered by injurygetty
“He’s probably thinking to himself, ‘I’m on fire here, I’m scoring week in, week out, and I’m one of the better strikers in the league, so this is my chance at 28 to get that massive deal and sign a four or five-year contract’.
“You want what you’re worth. If you’re speaking to other players and they’re earning a certain amount, he’ll be thinking, ‘I deserve the money’.
“As much as he loves it at Southampton, if it’s his last big pay day he’s probably thinking I need to get it.”
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