Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo has identified Southampton striker Danny Ings as his primary summer transfer target.
Ings has turned down a new contract extension at St. Mary’s Stadium with the aim of joining a larger club this summer or next year, when his present deal ends, and Spurs are one of many clubs monitoring the 28-year-old.
The connections to Ings suggested that Spurs were on the lookout for possible successors for Harry Kane, who has requested to leave the club this summer, but Nuno, according to The Telegraph, wants the two to join up.
Nuno has met with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy many times to discuss targets, and the manager has made it plain that he intends to convert to a two-man attack and therefore need someone to partner Kane.
The 3-5-2 formation was a mainstay of Nuno’s arsenal at Wolves. During the 2019/20 season, he assembled the lethal combination of Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez, but the former’s departure and Jimenez’s brain injury forced Nuno to forsake his favored method last season.
Nuno seems to be intent on reintroducing that system, or at the at least switching to a two-striker system, and he has urged Levy to rekindle his interest in Ings, which goes all the way back to 2015, when the striker ultimately chose to join Liverpool.
Southampton have offered Ings a lucrative four-year contract, but he has said that he would not sign because he wants one more opportunity to prove himself at the top level, and the assumption is that the Saints will cash in now before he becomes a free agent.
A price of approximately £20 million has been mooted, but whether Spurs would pay that much for a soon-to-be-29-year-old with one year remaining on his contract is another matter altogether.
Spurs may need to recruit more forwards if they switch to a two-man attack force. Kane is the squad’s sole out-and-out striker at the moment, but wingers Son Heung-min and Steven Bergwijn have previously been deployed in central positions.
Spurs are optimistic of re-signing Son shortly, which would result in a slew of new arrivals at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.