Newcastle United’s pursuit of Charlie Austin has taken on greater significance after Liverpool snapped up Danny Ings.
The Magpies are in the market for two strikers this summer, and have long held an interest in Burnley forward Ings.
However, Liverpool today announced they had agreed a deal to sign the out-of-contract player on July 1, subject to a medical.
Newcastle were initially linked with Ings last summer, and then-manager Alan Pardew admitted they had watched the player on several occasions.
Austin, however, remains top of Newcastle’s hitlist with the Magpies hopeful of pushing through a deal once England’s internationals are out of the way.
England Under-21 international Ings’ current deal with the Clarets expires on June 30 but the recently-relegated club will be entitled to compensation because of the player’s age.
Liverpool remain hopeful they can come to a satisfactory arrangement with Burnley without the need for the player’s valuation to be decided by a tribunal despite their initial offer being turned down.
“Burnley Football Club has rejected an offer made by Liverpool but will continue to have dialogue with the club in order to reach a resolution over the fee,” said a Burnley statement.
The Reds have been in talks with Ings for some weeks and confirmed the deal in a statement which said: “Liverpool FC are delighted to announce that they have agreed personal terms with Danny Ings and, subject to a medical, the striker will join the club on July 1 after his contract with Burnley has expired.”