Danny Ings, a striker for Aston Villa, has been acquired by West Ham from Aston Villa in a deal worth approximately £15 million.
The transfer of Danny Ings by West Ham looks to have happened quite swiftly that the Aston Villa forward is now allegedly a West Ham player.
Ings would be West Ham’s first senior signing this month after the deal has been completed.
West Ham wants to upgrade their strike force but has had trouble finding the ideal player within their budget.
Ings has long been a favorite of West Ham coach David Moyes, who has made several attempts to sign the former Liverpool forward.
Ings will join the London club from Villa, where he has six Premier League goals in 18 appearances this season. He will provide Michail Antonio and Gianluca Scamacca with more competition up front for the Hammers.
However, the former Liverpool striker has struggled to find playing time this year, starting just eight league games and just two of the six matches under new Villa manager Unai Emery.
West Ham has agreed to a permanent transfer that will require them to pay a large sum of money for a proven Premier League striker.
Everton had hoped to arrange a loan agreement with Aston Villa for the England international, who has earned three caps for his country.
This season, West Ham has scored just 15 goals in 19 league games, and their troubles in the Premier League are mostly attributable to their struggles in front of goal.
They are currently ranked 18th in the EPL standings, just one goal ahead of Southampton and Everton, who they will play this weekend.
West Ham made a previous loan proposal for Lorient attacker Terem Moffi that might have cost up to £25 million with add-ons this month, and Sevilla player Youssef En-Nesyri.
Ings, 30, transferred from Southampton to Aston Villa in 2021 for £25 million, but he hasn’t quite reached the same heights at Villa Park as he did at St. Mary’s. The three-cap England attacker has however managed to score 14 goals for Aston Villa in 52 games across all competitions.
On Saturday, West Ham will visit Everton, where Ings is expected to make his debut. Both teams are desperate for points to distance themselves from the Premier League’s relegation zone.
However, Ings would provide Premier League experience, a certainty of goals, and a work ethic compatible with Moyes’s philosophy.
This weekend’s game against his previous team Everton will be critical for the manager David Moyes, whose career and that of his colleague Frank Lampard are both in doubt.