The Clarets travel to the south coast to take on Danny Ings' Southampton on Saturday.

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Jack Cork has backed Danny Ings for an England recall ahead of Burnley's reunion with their former striker.

Ings, who won his only cap in 2015, has been in brilliant form for Southampton this season, scoring 17 goals in all competitions.

With Harry Kane currently injured and Jamie Vardy ruling himself out of contention, there has been a swell of support for Ings being included in Gareth Southgate's set-up.

Cork said: "Fair play to Danny, he's been great. He's scored a lot of goals for Southampton. You look at what he's done for that club this season and you put a lot of it down to him.

"Looking at international things for him, there's no reason why he shouldn't be included."

Cork has never played with Ings but the pair have a shared history of having represented Burnley and Saints, and will lock horns on Saturday when the Clarets travel to St Mary's.

Cork played for Southampton for four years between 2011 and 2015 – the same period when Ings was at Burnley.

The midfielder said: "I've been back a few times since and I always get a good reception. There are three of us that have had links with Burnley and Southampton – me, Jay Rodriguez and Danny.

"It's always nice when you go back to your old ground, especially when you left on good terms. It'll be nice to see some old faces and try to get a result."

Rodriguez had to bide his time after returning to his boyhood club in the summer but, with Ashley Barnes sidelined following a hernia operation, the 30-year-old has taken his chance to impress.

Rodriguez has started the last four matches, scoring a stunning goal in the victory over Manchester United, and is certain to be in the starting line-up again on Saturday.

Cork revealed he played a key role in Rodriguez's departure from Turf Moor in 2012, when he joined Southampton, before making his way back to Lancashire via West Brom.

"Jay is someone that I've known for a long time, since I was first here at Burnley," said Cork.

"When I first came 10 years ago he was just a young lad coming through but you could see that he had something special about him. As soon as they put him in, in the Championship he was unbelievable.

"He can do everything; he can carry the ball, he can run behind, he can jump, he can hold it, he can shoot from 30 yards, he can score from two yards. He's just a very good all-round player.

"I remember when I was at Southampton, when I moved down there, I said if there's one player you want to sign then you've got to try and sign Jay Rodriguez.

"They didn't manage to sign him in the first season we got promoted then managed to sign him in the second window.

"He's somebody who is really good to have around. He's a really good guy and a good friend. He's a person that suits the football club."

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How Man Utd will line up after Solskjaer splashes £274m summer warchest including Sancho, Grealish and Maddison

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKAER is set to have £274million to spend in the summer transfer window to rejuvenate his struggling side.

The Manchester United boss has already set his sights on Jadon Sancho, James Maddison and Jack Grealish.

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Solskjaer has spent a whopping £220million since he took charge at Old Trafford, but his team are still struggling in eighth place.

The Red Devils chief needs to bolster his attacking options and Borussia Dortmund star Sancho is at the top of his wishlist.

It was reported this week that the Manchester City academy graduate will leave the German giants in the summer.

He has attracted interest from the likes of Chelsea, Real Madrid and Liverpool after scoring 14 goals this season.

But the 19-year-old is allegedly ready to turn down interest from elsewhere to join the Red Devils.

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The in-demand youngster would start in the United line-up alongside England team-mate Marcus Rashford.

SunSport exclusively revealed that Solskjaer is plotting a sensational £160million swoop for Jack Grealish and James Maddison.

Aston Villa skipper Grealish is keen on making the move to Old Trafford despite interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid.

United are long-term admirers of Leicester City star Maddison, but will face competition from Arsenal for his signature.

Maddison would slot into the heart of United's midfield amid reports that Paul Pogba is desperate to leave at the end of the season.

Solskjaer is also set to reignite their interest in long-term target Kalidou Koulibaly as he looks to strengthen his defence.

The Reds have also been linked to Hellas Verona's £25million-rated centre-back Marash Kumbulla.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘to be handed mega £274m transfer warchest this summer’ starting with £100m Jadon Sancho move

 

Premier League team news, European latest and more: football countdown – live!

Good morning everybody, and welcome to this Valentine’s Day-themed weekend football countdown.

There are six Premier League matches across the weekend, starting with Wolves v Leicester this evening, and ending with a semi-seismic clash between Chelsea and Manchester United on Monday night. Plus of course there’ll be a host of matches in the Football League as the romance of the title race(s) ramps up.

On top of that, there are some fascinating fixtures in the leagues across Europe with the business end of the season in Germany, Italy, Spain - indeed, everywhere - fast approaching.

Valencia meet Atletico Madrid in La Liga this evening, with Barcelona taking on Getafe tomorrow and Real Madrid hosting Celta Vigo on Sunday night. In Germany Borussia Dortmund play tonight, against Eintracht Frankfurt, while leaders Bayern Munich travelling to FC Köln on Sunday.

But possibly the biggest fixture in Europe this weekend is Lazio’s meeting with Inter Milan in Rome, the city of love, on Sunday. Inter currently top the table on goal difference from Maurizio Sarri’s Juventus, with Lazio lurking a point behind them both.

There are several Premier League press conferences coming up throughout the day, starting with league leaders scheduled for Liverpool at 11am, so we’ll bring you quotes and news from those, and much more besides. Let’s hope we all come up smelling of roses.

Weekend Premier League fixtures

Tonight

Wolves v Leicester City

Saturday

Southampton v Burnley
Norwich City v Liverpool

Sunday

Aston Villa v Tottenham
Arsenal v Newcastle

Monday

Chelsea v Manchester United

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