NEWCASTLE United could move for Burnley striker Danny Ings after claims that Leeds United rebuffed an approach for hotshot Ross McCormack.
Leeds owner Massimo Cellini insisted last night that he had rejected an offer from the Magpies for his captain.
Sources on Tyneside rubbished the Italian’s claims, saying privately that they were disappointed with the controversial Italian’s statement.
Cellino said: “Newcastle made an offer for McCormack and I said no. He is happy to stay here and that made me proud.”
The Magpies could now turn their attention to £8million-rated Ings as they look to add some much-needed firepower to their squad this summer, having trailed him for a number of months.
The Burnley man bagged 21 league goals last season, finishing as second top scorer in the Championship behind McCormack as the Clarets were promoted to the Premier League.
However, the 21-year-old only has 12 months left on his contract and fits the bill for the Magpies more than 27-year-old McCormack.
Contract talks with Burnley over extending Ings’ deal were put on hold during the season, but manager Sean Dyche hopes to tie his star player down to a longer deal before the start of the new campaign.
If talks don’t progress, the Turf Moor club face a choice between cashing in on the England Under-21 international, or going into the Premier League campaign with him but risking losing him for nothing next summer.
Liverpool and Southampton have both been linked with the former Bournmouth frontman, who cost Burnley £1m three years ago.
Ings, however, is refusing to let talk about his future unsettle him.
He said: “I don’t need to handle it. I’m just enjoying my football. I’ve still got a year left on my contract and I’m a player for Burnley Football Club.”
Meanwhile, Newcastle remain hopeful of announcing a deal to sign Tenerife striker Ayoze Perez in the next seven days.