Tottenham face Aston Villa, West Ham battle in Danny Ings pursuit
According to The Athletic (h/t Football.london), Tottenham have expressed an interest in signing Southampton striker Danny Ings after he turned down a new contract offer. However, they have been joined by Aston Villa and West Ham in the race for his signing.
Ings signed for Southampton in 2018 from Liverpool, initially on loan before making the transfer permanent a year later. The 28-year-old enjoyed his most prolific campaign in 2019/20, finishing with 22 Premier League goals – the second-best in the competition for the season.
While Ings started the 2020/21 term on a similar note as well, injuries and his team’s poor form in the latter half meant he wasn’t able to hit the 20-goal mark. Nevertheless, the England international still managed to find the back of the net 12 times and set up four more in 29 league outings. (h/t Transfermarkt)
Ings, though, is in the final year of his contract with the Saints and has turned down the latest offer of an extension from the club as he wants to test himself at a higher level. And, Tottenham, who have been linked with Ings in the past as well, are now ready to firm up on their interest in the England international now that he has turned down a contract. (h/t Football.london)
With the future of Harry Kane uncertain and there being no backup striker at the club following the expiry of Carlos Vinicius’ loan deal, it makes a great deal of sense for Tottenham to go after a striker like Ings, who is a proven commodity in the Premier League and has left his injury woes behind him.
However, along with Tottenham, two more Premier League clubs – Aston Villa and West Ham United have also thrown their hat in the ring for his transfer.
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An intriguing chase is setting up as far as the pursuit of Danny Ings is concerned. Even if Kane ends up staying at Tottenham, signing the 28-year-old would be a good move for the club as it would take some of the goalscoring burden off of the England captain and Son Heung-min.