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By Alex Beard
Championship promotion hopefuls Leeds United are being heavily linked with a shock January move for out of favour Liverpool striker Danny Ings.
The Englishman has enjoyed a frustrating time at Anfield since his move from Burnley in 2015, with injury keeping him out of the side for almost the entirety of his time there.
Even when fit the 25-year-old doesn’t appear to have much of a future in Reds boss Jurgen Klopp’s free-flowing forward line.
And as such the German is reportedly willing to sanction Ings’ departure in January, with the Whites eager to nab him ahead of any Premier League interest.
Inhs has prior in the Championship, having scored 21 goals in Burnley’s 2014 promotion campaign, before adding another 11 in the Premier League in 2014-15.
He’s been limited to 12 appearances and three goals in just over two seasons on Merseyside, but his record of 61 goals in 185 career games suggests he’s a top-level striker (if his injury woes are behind him).
After a phenomenal start to the campaign, the wheels have come off slightly at Elland Road in recent weeks, with Christiansen’s men suffering back-to-back defeats to Cardiff and Sheffield Wednesday in their past two matches.
Ings’ signing would further reinvigorate a front-line that lost its best player this summer when Chris Wood moved to Burnley. The likes of Samu Saiz and Pierre-Michel Lasogga have filled the breach, but any move for Ings would provide an instant upgrade for Christiansen.