DANNY Ings’ move to Liverpool is unlikely to be affected by talks that will determine the future of under-fire boss Brendan Rodgers.

Burnley striker Ings is closing in on a move to Anfield after rejecting the offer of a new deal at Turf Moor, with sources in Liverpool expecting a swift and straight-forward conclusion to contract talks.


Ings would like his future resolved before he flies to the Czech Republic for the European Under 21 Championships and has his heart set on a move to Liverpool.

There remains uncertainty about the future of Reds boss Rodgers, after Liverpool plunged from second to sixth during the 2014/15 campaign – ending the season with a shocking 6-1 loss at Stoke City.

Rodgers is due to meet Liverpool’s co-owner Tom Werner tomorrow as part of end of season review, when the Northern Irishman will discover whether he will remain in charge.

But the 42-year-old is thought to be more likely to hang on to his job and even his exit would not be expected to scupper the Ings deal.

Liverpool’s signings are not solely the responsibility of the manager, with a committee deciding on all new arrivals.

Chief executive Ian Ayre, head of recruitment Dave Fallows, chief scout Barry Hunter, head of performance and analysis Michael Edwards and owners’ representative Mike Gordon all have a say in signings, together with Rodgers.

Ings has had a number of suitors as his Burnley contract comes to an end on June 30.

Tottenham and Newcastle United are among the Premier League clubs said to be interested, while reports in Spain suggested that Real Sociedad sent representatives to England at the weekend in a final attempt to convince Ings to move to La Liga.

But it is believed that the 22-year-old has wanted to join Liverpool for some time and a fee for his Turf Moor departure could be decided by a tribunal, officially known as the Professional Football Compensation Committee.

There has been some speculation about the future of Burnley’s own manager Sean Dyche, with Sunderland understood to be considering requesting permission to speak to the Clarets boss over the managerial vacancy at the Stadium of Light.

The Clarets said yesterday that they had received no contact from Sunderland at this stage.

In an interview in the Irish press with his former Millwall team-mate Richard Sadlier, Dyche again reiterated his commitment to Burnley and stressed that he would only consider leaving Turf Moor if he believed that any move would be right for him.

Asked if he would be tempted if he received an offer to leave Burnley, Dyche said: “You must make it clear that you’ve asked me a hypothetical question and I’ve given you a hypothetical answer, because if not there’ll be a million tongues wagging.

“First things first, are you ready for it? Can you deliver?

“This is beyond worrying about Burnley, so forget about my link with Burnley. Just imagine that’s not there. This is self-questioning.

“Are you ready for the effect it’s going to have on your life and your family’s life?

“Can you package all that together and think ‘I am the man to take that forward’? That would be my first question.

“If I believe I can do that then it would be time to go, ‘Right, Mr Burnley people, we need a chat’.

“Because if I didn’t think that was right I wouldn’t even entertain it and I’d stay where I am now.”