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Spurs desperate to land in-form striker Danny Ings

By Staff Reporter

Burnley boss Sean Dyche is confident Danny Ings is not being affected by speculation surrounding his future.

The striker's performances in his debut Barclays Premier League season have caught the eye of a number of clubs, with Tottenham, Liverpool and Newcastle all having been linked with the 22-year-old.

Dyche insists there have been no inquiries since the transfer window opened, and player, manager and club have all continued to state unequivocally that Ings is going nowhere this month.

But, with the striker out of contract in the summer and having so far declined to sign a new deal, the speculation is certain to continue.

Ings was critical of his own performance despite scoring his sixth goal of the season against QPR on Saturday but, asked if his star player was being affected, Dyche said: "It doesn't look like it, his performances look pretty decent to me.

"He's quite demanding of himself, almost too demanding. I've told him to smile and relax and enjoy what he's doing, and that seems to work with him. His thirst to improve is there for all to see.

"It's an ongoing negotiation, like it is with a lot of players. We get on well with his agent, and that's an important thing as well.

"We're quite secure. The good side of not spending millions and millions of pounds - we've spent a few quid by Burnley standards, but not by the Premier League market - is that we're in a good place financially.

"We're not under any questions of any of our players going out of the building. We're looking to recruit ones that can come in and help us to move forward."

Spurs are likely to get another close look at Ings tonight when Burnley visit White Hart Lane for the FA Cup third-round replay, with Dyche not tempted to rest players.

The Clarets moved out of the relegation zone with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over QPR last weekend and face another close rival, Crystal Palace, on Saturday.

Dyche said: "The team we put out against Tottenham last time was the strongest team we could field. That will be the same again. We want to win the game."

One player hoping to be given a chance at White Hart Lane will be striker Sam Vokes, who returned from a long-term knee injury last month and scored his first goal in a 1-1 draw against Spurs to earn Burnley the replay.

Dyche's main injury worry surrounds captain Jason Shackell, who is battling a calf problem.

FA CUP THIRD ROUND: White Hart Lane, 8.00pm




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