Spurs dealt blow in Ings pursuit as Saints make transfer stance clear

New Tottenham head coach Nuno Espirito Santo wants to bring in Ings to partner Harry Kane next season after the Southampton striker rejected a new four-year contract at St Mary’s.

Ings has just one year left on his contract but Southampton are determined to keep hold of the 28-year-old.

Hasenhuttl has admitted that Ings entering the final year of his deal is “not a perfect situation” for Southampton but he has warned Spurs the striker is not for sale.

Southampton are also reluctant to do business with Tottenham after relations between the clubs soured due to a bad experience when negotiating Pierre-Emilie Hojbjerg’s transfer last summer, including what Southampton perceive to be attempts to turn the midfielder’s head early in negotiations along with chairman Daniel Levy’s infamous hardball approach.

Speaking for the first time since Tottenham’s interest in Ings surfaced, Hasenhuttl said: “He’s our player for another year, we paid a lot of money for him.

“When we brought him here, we invested a lot to get him to the highest level and how he is at the moment.

“We stuck with him with all these injuries he had, gave him the time to recover, gave him the time to perform.

“There’s no reason to sell him, but it’s always a risk for the player when you go into your final year without a contract.

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