Hasenhuttl admits Saints may have to sell Danny Ings this summer
Ralph Hasenhuttl says Southampton may have to sell Danny Ings to a ‘bigger club’ this summer as the Saints’ boss admits they can’t afford a bumper increase on his £75,000-per-week wages
- Ralph Hasenhuttl has admitted Southampton may have to sell Danny Ings
- The Saints leading goalscorer is out of contract in the summer of 2022
- They are negotiating a new deal but are struggling to meet his wage demands
Southampton may be forced to sell Danny Ings this summer with the club struggling to meet the striker’s wage demands, manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has admitted.
The 28-year-old’s contract, which is thought to be worth around £75,000-per-week, is set to expire at the end of next season and the Saints are desperate to agree fresh terms with their leading goalscorer.
While Hasenhuttl remains hopeful of keeping Ings at the club, he insisted ‘life will go on’ if they are unable to negotiate a deal that suits both parties.
Ralph Hasenhuttl (L) has admitted Southampton may be forced to sell Danny Ings (R)
‘We are in a situation where every club is struggling with finances,’ said the Austrian, as quoted by The Mirror.
‘We are trying to keep the club in a healthy way and it is not only about Ingsy, there are others who also want to extend their contract.
‘If it is not what we expect to pay in the future, then we have to look for somebody else who is cheaper, but we know it always should be win-win for both.
Ings is the club’s top scorer with 13 Premier League goals in seven games this season
‘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 has scored seven goals and made three assists in 13 Premier League games this season. He was the club’s top scorer in the 2019-2020 campaign with 25 goals in all competitions.
The striker has had his share of injury problems but returned quickly from knee surgery earlier this season.
Last month, Hasenhuttl urged his player not to ‘throw away something special’ for more money elsewhere.
The 28-year-old’s current deal, which expires in 2022, is said to be worth £75,000-per-week
‘It’s normal that you get a situation like he has in a football club, and this is something special I think,’ the manager told Sky Sports.
‘I don’t want him to throw this away for a few more monies.
‘I speak to him once or twice a month about this topic. We must concentrate on our job here. I don’t speak to him every week about his contract. It’s not my job.
Ings is not fit enough to take part in Southampton’s rearranged FA Cup third-round tie with Shrewsbury tonight after recovering from coronavirus.
He missed the Saints’ 2-0 defeat by Leicester on Saturday but could return to face Arsenal next Tuesday.
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