David Moyes’ West Ham have snapped up a former Liverpool striker, Danny Ings, from Aston Villa for an initial fee of £12 million. This amount will rise to £15 million if the Hammers can beat the drop this season.
West Ham have stated that the paperwork to sign Ings was submitted before 12pm GMT. Due to this, Ings will be available for selection when the Hammers take on Everton at the weekend in a crucial relegation scrap.
With their addition of Ings, West Ham now have three first team strikers in their squad – Gianluca Scamacca and Michail Antonio being the other two. Neither Scamacca nor Antonio have been prolific this season, however – Scamacca has only scored three goals, while Antonio just has the two to his name.
As such, given Ings’ solid goalscoring record, Moyes will be hoping he can put an end to West Ham’s rotten luck in front of goal. The Irons are the joint lowest scorers in the league with 15 all season – only Wolves have netted on fewer occasions.
Danny Ings has become something of a Premier League nomad over the course of his career. In England’s top flight, he’s played for Burnley, Southampton, Aston Villa, Liverpool and now West Ham. Additionally, he also played for Bournemouth before the Cherries achieved promotion to the Premier League.
Ings’ best goal scoring season came in 2019/20, when he found the back of the net on 22 occasions in the league for Southampton. So far this season, he’s scored six goals in 18 Premier League appearances.
At 30 years old, some may question the logic of signing an older player for a multi-million pound fee. Despite this, West Ham need a goalscorer – and if Danny Ings is anything, it’s a goalscorer.