January 19, (THEWILL) – West Ham United have agreed to a £12 million (up to £15m with add-ons) fee with Aston Villa for striker Danny Ings, as the Hammers look to boost their attacking options and improve their goal-scoring woes this season.
The 30-year-old, who is Villa’s top scorer with seven goals in all competitions, is set to undergo a medical at the London Stadium today and could make his debut for the Hammers against Everton on Saturday. It is a personal triumph for David Moyes, West Ham’s Manager, who is a long-time admirer of Ings and has tried to sign him before.
Ings, who has also played for Burnley, Liverpool and Southampton in the English Premier League, has a proven track record of scoring goals and could be the solution to West Ham’s goal-scoring troubles. The Hammers currently sit in 18th place in the league table, with only 17 goals scored in their 21 games played so far this season.
Villa did not agree with a loan option for the former England international but were willing to listen to permanent offers particularly after signing Jhon Duran from Chicago Fire this week. The Hammers are also considering selling Michail Antonio, who has not been in good form and have been negotiating with Lorient for Nigerian forward, Terem Moffi, after being rebuffed by Sevilla striker Youssef En-Nesyri, early in the window.
Ings will bring EPL know-how and guaranteed goals plus the work rate that fits in Moyes’s ethos as they face a crucial game against Everton this weekend amid questions over Moyes’ own future and that of his counterpart, Frank Lampard. Both sides desperately need a victory to push away from the relegation mire. With the signing of Ings, West Ham will be hoping to improve their attacking options and boost their chances of staying in the EPL.