The odds have tumbled on Newcastle United signing Liverpool striker Danny Ings in the January transfer window.
Sky Bet have priced the north-east giants at 4/1 on Thursday afternoon to land Ings, 25, before 3 February next year.
Southampton (3/1) are the favourites to complete a deal for the forward, closely followed by Newcastle, while Championship duo Hull City (10/1) and Leeds United (12/1) are distantly priced.
Newcastle were 6/1 to sign Ings earlier this month, at which points promotion hopefuls Leeds were ahead in the betting.
Ings’ two-year spell at Anfield has been ruined by two serious knee injuries and he has appeared for only 17 minutes in the senior side in the last 12 months.
Good move for Newcastle?
Yes, definitely. Ings has an impressive scoring record and was one of the most in-demand strikers in the country before quitting Burnley, where he scored 43 times in 130 matches. His Liverpool career has not got going due to injury and horrible luck but he is still young enough and, crucially, good enough to make a big impact in the Premier League. Joining Newcastle in January would enable him to play regularly and rediscover his mojo. He would be an upgrade on the current striker options available to Rafael Benitez such as Joseulu, Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic. It is a move that could suit both parties to a tee.
Likely to happen?
Ings is contracted to Liverpool until 2020 and it has been reported that he could be allowed to leave on loan in January in order to build up his fitness and play first-team football. He is behind Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Dominic Solanke in the striker pecking order at Anfield but Newcastle would need to fight off considerable competition to persuade Ings, as well as negotiating a deal that suits Liverpool. The Daily Star report that Ings’ current deal is worth £60,000-a-week, and the north-east giants would need to pay a significant portion of his wages to make it happen.