Liverpool have banked up to £20million from the permanent sale of Danny Ings to Southampton .
The forward joined the Saints on a season-long loan last August, with the agreement that the switch would become permanent on July 1 this year.
The deal has now gone through for an initial £18million fee, with a £2million to follow in add-ons and Liverpool securing a 20 per cent sell-on clause.
The funds could now go towards the club’s summer transfer fund, with teenage centre-back Sepp van den Berg the only new arrival so far.
Ings scored eight goals in 24 appearances for Southampton last season, having only managed 25 games for the Reds across three campaigns since signing from Burnley in 2015.
The forward – who has one cap for England – had begun to establish himself in the Liverpool side under Brendan Rodgers when the Northern Irishman was sacked in October 2015, with Ings then sustaining a serious cruciate knee ligament injury in Jurgen Klopp’s first week in charge as his successor.
Although injury decimated Ings’ Anfield career, his remained a popular figure around the Reds squad and was involved in several matches in the latter half of the 2017/18 season.
Speaking to Mirror Sport in April , Ings – who was signed by Mark Hughes last summer – outlined the positivity at Southampton since last season’s appointment of Ralph Hassenhuttl.
“I honestly think we are going to look like a new team next season,” he said.
“Look at the form guide and how we’ve done since he (Hassenhuttl) has come in.
“We’ve made massive steps. So you can only imagine how it’s going to be once we’ve had a full pre-season under him and we are raring to go in August.
“It’s going to be great. Something that the fans and everybody at the football club can look forward to, for sure.”