It was confirmed on Wednesday night that Ings, Southampton's most important player, had joined Dean Smith's impressive list of summer signings in a deal which could reach £30million.
The deal was quickly completed with it only becoming clear to Ings and those around him that a move was possible last week.
Southampton will now look to re-invest the money and have joined Arsenal and West Ham in pursuit of Chelsea's Abraham, who fell down the pecking order under Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge having been a key fixture during Frank Lampard's time at the club.
The Saints, however, are starting on the back foot in the race given they are more interested in a loan deal than a permanent move while Chelsea would rather see the England international depart for good if he is to leave this summer.
Arsenal and West Ham are both keen on a permanent deal, though neither are keen to meet Chelsea's initial valuation of £40m. West Ham may also struggle to meet Abraham's wage demands, just as was the case for teammate Kurt Zouma.