Ralph Hasenhuttl admits star might leave in the summer

Southampton might have to end up selling their star striker, Danny Ings, at the end of the season, according to manager Ralph Hasenhuttl. A major reason behind Southampton managing to stay clear of relegation troubles in the Premier League campaign have been the goals from the former Liverpool forward. Ings would be a tempting option for any top Premier League club. The striker has less than 18 months left on his contract and the 28-year-old appears to have set high wage demands.

Even though Southampton would be interested in keeping a player like Ings, it appears that the wage demands of the 28-year-old are too high for the South Coast outfit. Hasenhuttl has hinted that Ings might be allowed to leave at the end of the season rather than lose him for free. This would be a major blow for Southampton, who have seen Ings finish as the club’s top scorer in the Premier League over the last three seasons. According to the Daily Star, Hasenhuttl said: “We must be strong to keep our limits at what we have financially.

“If it's not what we expect to pay in the future then we have to look for somebody who is cheaper – but it always should be win-win for both.

“If they want to make the next step in the summer to a bigger club and there is an offer fitting to the player then we can always negotiate.”

Ings’ presence was able to overcome the lack of goals from Charlie Austin, who had been the club’s top scorer in the 2017-18 campaign. Since then, Ings has dominated the scoring charts for the circus team. His first full season with the club resulted in seven goals, while the 2019-20 campaign was a major breakthrough after scoring 22 goals in 38 league matches. Even this season, Ings is comfortably ahead of the pack with seven goals in 13 league outings.

The Liverpool days will be fresh in the memory of Ings, who only featured in 14 league matches during his three seasons with Liverpool. There is a significant chance that Ings might end up being on the bench at a big club once again. Yet, the 28-year-old is likely to take his chances rather than not make an attempt.